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Picture of Migrating Monarch Butterfly
This is a craft designed for masses of elementary school students to do with relatively little adult help.  It was directly inspired by Kiteman's Climbing Gorilla; think of this as the fast, cheap and almost out of control version (250+ made in 3 hours by young people ages 4 to 12).  It was easy to set up and get supplies for, which were about $60 ($20 of which were markers).

Step 1: Assemble materials and tools.

Picture of Assemble materials and tools.
Tools:

Scissors to cut straws and string
Computer to print out original butterfly sheet
Copier or copy store to make multiples of sheet.
(Only for at-home version:  glue gun)

Materials:

Card stock 
Drinking straws
Transparent tape (not required for at-home glue-gun version)
String (White cotton household string is what I used; kitchen twine is fine; whatever the drugstore down the street from the event has in stock mid-event also turned out to be fine.)



 

You also can make a clinbing kite this way:

printout this:

http://up.picr.de/18293616sj.pdf

Cutout both kite-shapes.

glue the yellow one with the face on cardboard and cut it out again.

Glue a piece of string as kite-Tail onto the backside (at the bottom corner) of the cardboard kite and then glue on the white kiteshape from the printout.

Cut two sttraw-pieces forom the length of the dotted-line-rectangles on the kite´s backside and then tape them exactly into the rectangles.

Tie bows out of thin paper to the tail-string and optional glue two or three more bows to the other corners of the kite.

Add the pull-strings like shown in the original-instructable.

Kiteman3 years ago
Hehe, that's great - fun and educational!