Rainbow Butterfly Craft

It is no secret that my daughter and I love butterfly crafts.  We have done a number of different ones but we still enjoy them and our latest turned out really well.

rainbow butterflies made by ofamilylearningtogether

The kids recently cut out some stencils to use for a painting and as often happens once the stencils were out and we saw them we changed our mind and instead used them with our rainbow paper (although I am sure we will still get around to using the stencils for some paintings at a later stage).

We used the  butterfly template from Activity Village to create our stencils and then we used our stencil to trace the butterfly shapes onto our rainbow paper.

Using the stencil to trace the butterfly shape onto the rainbow paperI love using the templates from Activity village as it means the kids can create their own works of art without being concerned about their drawings.  I think it helps to build their confidence and enjoyment of crafting and it means we can work on their drawing separately.  The templates also allow parents who may not be confident in art to get involved creating art with their kiddies.

rainbow butterflies rainbow butterfliesWe made two different versions of our butterflies.  For some we just stuck two cut out butterflies back to back so that there was no plain paper visible.  Some of these were later stuck onto a window by my daughter.

rainbow butterflies on the windowWe also attempted to make a 3 D version.  With these ones we used 4 copies of the rainbow paper.  We glued 2 pieces of the rainbow paper back to back creating 2 separate butterflies then we attached the 2 butterflies to each other by just glueing them together along the body (keeping the wings separate).

3D rainbow butterflies made at home

This ended up being very effective.

3D rainbow butterflyAll you need is the butterfly template from Activity village printed onto some card, some colourful paper (we used rainbow paper from Baker Ross), scissors and glue.

And the activity is great for encouraging the kids to engage both hands (they need to use both their hands together when they trace around the template) and they get to practice their cutting.  With my youngest I did do a quick tidy up cut around some of the edges of the butterfly for him as he was concerned it was not neat enough (he can sometimes be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to doing art).

Rainbow Butterflies made using a free template from Activity Village and rainbow paper. Great fine motor activity






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Home educating family based in the UK. We try to make learning fun
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3 Responses to Rainbow Butterfly Craft

  1. Camie says:

    Love the rainbow paper! Makes the butterflies extra pretty.


  2. another mom says:

    This is a lovely exercise for little hands and a stunning finished article…good enough to display…..


  3. Rising Ethos says:

    Creating something like this that becomes a permanent decoration is a great way to appreciate the creation even more! love it!


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