Whooo hooo ! The spring weather seems to get better , can’t wait for more sunlight , chirping birds , long nature walks and fluttering Butterflies .
Today ,I’m sharing one of our favorite nature book ” A Butterfly is Patient ” by Dianna Hutts Ashton .
It is a beautiful , informational kid’s book about butterflies and its life cycle . The book has colorful pictures with cursive writing describing each quality of a butterfly with complete life cycle. The book also mentions about various varieties of butterflies and migration which quickly grabs the attention of any elementary age kids . We created Fluttering Butterflies Mobile craft to go along with the book , inspired by its amazing illustrations .
Fluttering Butterflies Mobile craft – A Butterfly is Patient
Materials Needed :
White acrylic paint
Color and Metallic Acrylic paints
Brushes ( sponge brushes and regular brushes)
Butterfly punch ( optional )
Collecting Twigs on a nature walk is first step to start this craft activity . It is super easy to find and collect twigs if you visit any of the State parks or local parks .
Clean the twigs under running water for a while to clear any mud or dirt and then wipe it dry with a towel .
Now it’s time to paint ! Add a coat of white acrylic paint and if you still see the dark bark color , add another coat of white paint . We used sponge brushes to add white paint to the twigs.
Once the white paint dries , Create patterns , add stripes or any design of your choice using different acrylic colors . We used Metallic acrylics like gold and silver for a lovely shimmering look .
While the twigs are drying , we can start making Butterflies. You can either cut your own butterflies out of white cardstock or use a butterfly punch or buy readymade cardboard butterfly die cuts.
I was lucky ..this step got a little simpler because I had these precut white cardboard butterfly die cuts which were supposed to be perfume testers in a pharmacy store .
Once you are ready with your white butterflies, use Sharpie Markers to color and design it in your own style . We made identical wings meaning the same design and colors on both sides of each butterfly to look similar when it swings and flutters .
Decorate them with gem stones and embellishments to create a pop up beveled look .
Add a hole punch to the butterflies and add Satin Ribbon to them , tie and secure .
Add a long Ribbon to each end of the twig and secure it as a wall hanging . Now , It’s time to hang each butterfly onto your twig . When all the butterflies are secured on the twig ,hang them in your room and watch them flutter !
Fluttering Butterflies Mobile is looking pretty and colorful just like the illustrations in the book. Kids enjoyed making these and were excited to hang them in their bedrooms .
Quick Tips : Taking extra care is very much needed as acrylics paints are not washable , we did all the painting in our garage . Spread some sheets or table covers for kids to sit because painting will get them messy .
* The project can be done in parts spending few minutes everyday or can be done in couple of hours in a day .
* Kids wanted to use metallic golds and silver so we have those on the list as well but you can always customize . Maybe , adding a little glitter doesn’t harm..though we didn’t get do it but lot of creative ideas to explore as long as kids are entertained. This craft can be a cool spring project or even a summer project when kids are at home .
Extension to this activity :
Take the kids to a butterfly Garden and watch and observe fluttering butterflies . We stay close to Hershey , so we enjoy the Hershey Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens . There are 500 – 600 butterflies from around the world in a tropical setting that features colorful plants and a soothing water
Looking for more book based craft ideas ?
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