Butterfly crafts for Early Years

Butterflies are always popular as inspiration for art and craft activities with preschool children. Our quick and easy cardboard tube butterflies give children the chance to learn about symmetry and nature with a lovely end result.

You will need

They are easy to make!

  1. Fold a piece of coloured card in half.
  2. Add splodges of different colours of paint and glitter markers to one side of  the card.
  3. Fold card in half and smooth outwards from the centre to the corners before opening the card.
  4. Cut out the card in wing shapes which can be pre drawn onto the back of the card
  5. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and thread on beads before twisting to keep them in place.
  6. Stick the folded end of the pipe cleaner onto the end  of the cardboard tube.
  7. Glue on wiggly eyes
  8. Stick the cardboard tube body to the wings using a line of glue along the crease of the wings ensuring that the bottom of the wings don’t reach lower than the bottom of the cardboard tube otherwise the cardboard tube butterfly won’t stand up.

This quick and easy art and craft projects covers a number of the EYFS goals including:

Communication and language – Following instructions, describing ad talking about what they are doing.

Physical development – Using and developing fine motor skills to apply paint,  using scissors to cut out shapes and stick on eyes etc.

Personal, social and emotional development – Developing confidence by choosing which colours of card and paints to use.

Literacy – reading books about butterflies.

Mathematics – Discussing symmetry, counting out beads and spots of paint.

Understanding the world – discussing butterflys, the patterns on butterfly wings and their purpose, butterfly lifes cyles.

Expressive arts and design – children can create their own unique and symmetrical butterfly designs by deciding how to apply the paints to the card.

For more ideas and inspiration, visit our art and craft pages.

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