Wanting to bring in some of that butterfly magic I came up with this butterfly mobile. It's a simple project that has provided some bonuses like:
Satisfying our daughter's need to paint everything, including herself.
Utilizing man-made and natural materials, thus stimulating talk about recycling.
Introducing topics such as spring, nature, a butterfly's life cycle and more
Encouraging creativity and imagination (our little bug concocts marvelous stories each
night about the butterflies dangling over her bed and how they got in her room).
Providing scissor handling and cutting practice for those small motor skills.
Inducing tingly, sentimental feelings when one peers up at the juxtaposition of baby's teeny
hands next to your unnaturally large grown-up hands.
Step 1: Gather necessary materials
Newspaper both for covering work surface and for creating butterfly wings
Tempera or acrylic paints in desired colors (we used white paint to pastel the colors)
Paint brush and dishes to hold paint
Clear fishing wire or any clear string
Skewer or hole punch
A cool stick picked up on a recent hike around the neighborhood
Step 2: Mix it up
Our daughter decided her butterflies should be blue, orange, green and, of course, pink. We're working on primary color mixtures so we made green and orange and we also used a boat-load of white paint to create pastel color...How spring of us!
We used a few drops of water to thin out the paint making it more of a wash.