Friday, May 16, 2014

Butterfly Painting

This week we started a new homeschool theme: life cycles. To start with we’re talking about butterflies. (I’ll do a more complete summary on Sunday). 

After reading Lois Elhert’s Waiting for Wings we talked about how butterfly wings display symmetry.

To create this effect with painting, we did butterfly painting.

First I cut out a butterfly from a folded sheet of paper, to achieve perfect symmetry.

Then I glued it to a folded piece of paper, then re-folded it in half with the butterfly side out and handed it to Chobie to paint.

When the paint was still wet, we folded it the other way and pressed the sides together.

Opened it up.

And “TA-DA” symmetrical butterfly wings.

Bee had to try it too.

If you decide to make one of these, make sure you fold the piece of paper both ways so it folds easily before painting. It’s no fun to struggle with trying to get the paper to fold in the opposite direction when it’s covered with wet paint.

I shared this link at Kitchen Fun with Three Sons on the Friday Crafty Link Party.
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1 comment:

  1. It must be butterfly week! I just wrote a post on butterfly art too. And, I just spoke to a preschool teacher who recently did a butterfly symmetry project with her students. Love your activity, looks like fun!