Beautiful butterfly fold-overs

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on May 1, 2013

in Butterflies, Creative Art

Our children love to create fold-over paintings.   So it was no surprise that they all really enjoyed making these beautiful butterfly fold-overs to decorate our classroom…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

To begin creating their butterflies, the children folded a plain piece of paper in half …

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

Next, the children took a pair of scissors and snipped off the corners of their folded paper…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

While the paper was still folded, the children then snipped 1, 2, 3, 4 small slits down the folded side of their paper.  For some children, we drew small lines on their paper as a guide.  These small slits will be used to hold our butterflies’ antennae…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

Once the cutting was complete, the children were ready to paint their butterflies.   The children unfolded their paper and spread it out in front of them.  Then they selected their paint and spooned it on to one side of their paper…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

When they had their paint just as they wanted it, the children were ready to fold their papers again.  Once their papers were folded over, the children gently rubbed their hands over the top to evenly distribute the paint…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

Then they were ready for the big reveal…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

Some children added more paint and repeated the fold over process.  Those that were satisfied with their butterfly’s colors, went on to add their antennae.  For the antennae, the children taped together two bendy straws…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

The last step was to weave the straw antennae through the slits that they made in their paper at the beginning of the activity.  For some children, this step proved to be a bit challenging, partly because the paint was still wet, so we offered our assistance as necessary…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

This was just one of many different ways we explored butterflies in our classroom. This particular process required some guidance as it included the challenge of folding, snipping, and weaving. We had to look for the “folded” edge and the “corners” of our paper but our students were ready for this type of challenge and did a remarkable job…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

When the children were finished, we had beautifully painted fold-over butterflies decorating our classroom windows in preparation for our up and coming Mother’s Day Tea Party…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

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1 Paula May 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

Love it! Art, math, fine motor, and science all in one! They turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Paula
Learn + Play = PreK

2 Amanda May 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thanks so much for sharing! I was just looking for more class decorations/awesome crafts for next week!

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