Butterflies, Blossom and Rainbows

Whilst in the garden over the Easter break I saw quite a few butterflies fluttering around. So, this is a great time of year to look at the life cycle of the butterfly.

Life Cycle of the Butterfly

The perfect book to accompany this is, of course, The Very Hungry caterpillar by Eric Carl. Read the book then make and act out the story.

Butterfly eggs can be made out of colour clay, stuck onto artificial leaves and pinned up on to the wall.

Create caterpillars by sticking wiggly eyes to colossal pipe cleaners. The children will love these and will happily make their caterpillar eat, eat, eat.

Then wrap your caterpillars up in tissue paper to form a chrysalis and hang round the room.

Finally, it’s butterfly time. Make these with tissue paper and pipe cleaners for models that can be played with or, copy Eric Carl and glue tissue paper onto white card and when dry cut out the butterfly. Alternatively, you could do the classic butterfly paintings – paint half a piece of paper then fold over,  press down and voila – one butterfly.

Blossom

Blossom pictures are easy to make and look fantastic. Have the children paint a trunk and branches of a tree. If you’re adventurous you could get them to blow runny brown paint across the paper.

Once you’ve got your branch or tree, and it has dried, it’s time to stick on the blossom. For this you can use tissue paper, buttons, small pom poms, wooden flowers, mosaic pieces, sequins, jewels etc.

Alternatively you could paint on the blossom. An ingenious way is to use the bottom of a pop bottle to dip in the paint and print the blossom on to the picture.

Rainbows

With the ever-changing weather in spring there is a good chance of seeing a rainbow.  You could make a fantastic classroom display with a large sun, clouds and rain and a rainbow collage. See our Spring Art Pinterest board to see what I mean.

I love using nature to inspire ideas for art and craft projects. And I’ve been told, by teachers, that handling and making things related to a topic helps the children to understand and remember it better. So, activities that are fun and educational – what could be better?
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