Art Project – Butterflies

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Art projects are still one of Svara’s favorite activities, here is one we did recently after reading The Hungry Caterpillar:

Take a piece of paper, fold it in half, and paint on it.  I usually use homemade flour based paint, but it doesn’t age well and I wanted to keep these, so I added food coloring to white glue.  A bit messy, but it had a nice finish on the paper when it was dry!


When finished painting, open up the paper and fold it in half again, paper to paint:


Press firmly all over the paper, and then open up!


Lay out on the table to dry:


When dry, fold in half and cut in the shape of half of a butterfly.  Open up and you have a beautiful butterfly!  I’d love to have a photo of a finished butterfly for you, but when clearing the table for dinner I put the papers in such a safe place that I have not been able to find them since.  Looks like we’ll be saving the butterfly cutting to another day…


Although Svara LOVES doing art projects including painting, cutting, and gluing, she has not been very fond of coloring.  However, a couple days ago she finally sat down and colored with me and carefully colored piglet in a coloring book:

I love how she was truly concentrating on her coloring, and she did an awesome job!  Now if I can just get her to use crayons or thinner markers  instead of a bulky highlighter that makes her hand hurt after a few minutes….   “But Mama, the colored pencil is not dark enough, I need this marker.”


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