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).
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Step 1: Assemble materials and tools.

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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)


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.)

Step 2: Make butterfly

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I found the single monarch image in a google search.  You could use any image, of course.

I've uploaded the document as you see it here: one side with 6 butterflies, the other with 6 maps of where in Mexico the monarchs come from.

Copy these onto the thickest cardstock you have access to.  If it's too floppy, the toy won't work. 

Alternatively, as I did on the prototype, glue the butterfly to a piece of thin cardboard.  This worked at home, but would have been an added (unbearable) step at the event.

Cut butterflies apart.

You also can make a clinbing kite this way:

printout this:

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!