Collect recyclables and gather materials around your home for this fun art sculpture activity for kids as you make a found object butterfly craft.
Today we’ll use everyday household items to create beautiful found object butterflies. Those small paper plates can act as wings, the remote control can become the body, and spoons can transform into antennae! The possibilities are endless!
This creative play activity promotes problem-solving skills and is sure to boost creativity! You’ll never look at that ice cream scooper, candlestick holder, or measuring cup in the same way again! Let’s grab a bag, start collecting, and open up our minds to new solutions and possibilities!
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Your glue sticks may be running low, markers dried up, and crayons worn down to nubs, but you can still create artwork! Get ready to make art without the art supplies! No excuses!
Playing is learning! As your child manipulates the found objects to create the butterfly, he or she will explore reasoning skills and engage in self-discovery and divergent thinking while finding numerous solutions to the challenge. Creative play is relaxed, flexible, and encourages freedom through trial and error. Let self-expression and your imagination take over!
LOOK & DISCOVER
Show your child an array of photographs of butterflies and discuss what they see. Compare and contrast the different types of butterflies including various colors and shapes on view. Divide a butterfly in half. Are the wing’s shapes and colors the same on both sides? If so, they are symmetrical. Incorporate this concept when creating the found object butterfly.
There is no long list of art supplies for this activity, simply use everyday household items such as cups and plates, utensils, and more! You may want to use a pencil and paper to sketch your finished creation.
STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS:
1. Search & Find
Walk around the house and collect an array of objects that can be used to create your butterfly. Keep in mind that circle shapes will work well for the wings and find items that can easily represent the body and antennae. How is the body shape different from the antenna shape? How are they similar? Remember to collect duplicates of items or items similar in size and shape in order to create a symmetrical butterfly.
Begin to build by laying out the items and moving them around to form your butterfly. Which one of the items can best represent the body, wings, and antennae? Encourage taking artistic risks. Remember there is not one means to an end, but rather copious solutions to the challenge. Have fun and swap out various found objects to create an individual design.
If you wish, draw a picture of your butterfly so you will always remember your creation!
4. Closure & Cleanup!
Count how many items you used to create your butterfly. What shapes did you use? Is your butterfly symmetrical? What else could you create with the household items? Return all items back where they belong.
SCIENCE & LITERACY
Discuss the life cycle of a butterfly from egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis to butterfly. One of my favorite books that illustrates this transformation is called The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach. This comical and whimsical book explains the life cycle of an impatient caterpillar with humor in a comic book like design. Kids will be laughing and learning all at the same time. Also check out our other Insect Theme Preschool Activities for more learning fun!
Thank you for playing with me today! I can’t wait to see your distinctive and unique butterflies! Please share your artwork on Instagram and remember to tag @fantasticfunandlearning and @youngschoolartwithmr.g.
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Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
In this 248-page comprehensive preschool butterfly theme lesson plan pack kids learn about the life cycle of a butterfly during a full-week (or more!) of playful reading, math, and science activities. Vivid photographs are included throughout the unit so children can see real life examples of caterpillars and butterflies. Watch this short video to see just a few examples of the types of activities and printables included in this set:
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Butterfly Life Cycle Roll and Graph Game
2) Butterfly Life Cycle Roll and Graph Game
3) Caterpillar Uppercase Alphabet Cards
4) Butterfly Lowercase Alphabet Cards
5) Butterfly Life Cycle Cards
6) Butterfly Symmetry Matching Cards
7) Butterfly Life Cycle Word Building Mats
8) Caterpillar Measurement Recording Sheet
9) Caterpillar Patterning Activity
10) Caterpillar Syllable Sort
11) Caterpillar Egg Leaf Counting Mats (Numbers 1-10)
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