Brilliant butterfly crafts for kids
Summer’s the best time for spotting these beautiful and delicate creatures, so we’re celebrating with a super selection of butterfly-themed crafts, recipes and activities.
Woodland floor butterfly
Use a stick to draw the outline of a butterfly on the ground. Then hunt around in the woods for natural objects, such as leaves, petals, moss and bark, to fill in the patterns on its wings. Don’t use any colourful fungi you come across though – they might be poisonous so it’s best not to touch!
Pretty paper butterfly
Fold a piece of white paper in half, draw one side of your butterfly along the crease and then cut around it. Open it out and you have a perfect butterfly outline!
Tear or cut some sheets of different coloured paper into little pieces and stick them on your butterfly wings to create a mosaic effect. Another option is to scrunch up little pieces of coloured tissue paper and stick them to your butterfly.
Clothes peg butterfly
Drop some splodges of paint on a tissue and watch them spread out – don’t get the tissue too wet as it may fall apart. Let it dry completely.
Fold it in narrow strips, one way and then the other, like a concertina. Then clip a clothes peg around the middle and fan out the tissue to make the wings.
If you like, you could paint the peg and add some eyes so it looks more like a butterfly’s body – this is easier if you use a wooden peg.
Yummy butterfly treats
Get creative in the kitchen too with these simple recipe ideas.
Butterfly cakes: Bake some fairy cakes and let them cool. Then slice the top off each cake and cut it in half to make the wings. Spread each wing with butter icing and decorate them with coloured sprinkles. Then use a dollop of butter icing to stick the wings to the cake – it’ll look like a butterfly has landed on it!
Butterfly salad: Cook some pasta bows, colour them with different food colourings and mix them into a summery salad.
Pasta bow butterflies
Dried pasta bows are just right for making butterflies. In fact, the Italian word for them, farfalle, means ‘butterflies’! Just paint some in bright colours and stick them on a picture or collage.
Butterfly crafts for toddlers
Help some real butterflies too
Butterflies are delicate creatures and their numbers are going down because of things like loss of habitat and pesticide use, so why not give them a helping hand? Rustle up a sugary butterfly supper or make our brilliant butterfly feeder and put in it a sunny but sheltered spot near some flowers. You can read more about how to attract butterflies to your garden on our blog.
Be a butterfly expert
Learn to tell your peacock from your painted lady with the great butterfly items in our shop, such as Betty’s Butterfly House – it comes with a booklet and magnifying glass to help you get a closer look. Of course, there are loads of butterflies in the woods too, so head out with our Woodland butterfly swatch book and see how many you can identify. Don’t forget you can download our free butterfly spotter sheet too.
We’d love to see some pics of your craft creations, or the beautiful butterflies you’ve snapped outside, so tag them with #NatureDetectives.