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Flapping Butterflies

Posted on May 09, 2013 by Shawna Chandler | 0 comments

Flapping Butterflies

On a rainy spring day in Brooklyn we made butterflies that actually flap in the breeze.  Here's how we did it.

Paint, water and brushes
Tracing paper  (Tissue paper,  parchment paper and coffee filters all may work, too.)

Have your little one paint colors any way they'd like along the center of the paper.

Fold the paper in half and spread the paint out from the middle by smoothing it with your fingers.

Open your paper up and after asking your little ones what they see in the blot Rorschach style set the paper aside to dry.

All dry?  Great!  Now whether you or your kids draw in the actual insect shapes is up to you.  I ended up drawing the butterflies above by loosely following the paint's pattern and winging it (sorry).  I should also note that I used a Sharpie just in case other types of marker act strangely on tracing paper - I'm looking at you washable markers.
Now just cut them out, fold the wings up from the body and tape to a window or wall. They will flutter in the breeze as soon as it's warm enough to open the windows again.

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