Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Make It Monday: Tissue Paper Butterflies

This craft has many appealing qualities: simple, frugal, colorful, fun, little-cleanup. And it even develops fine motor skills in many ways??? What are we waiting for? Let's make some butterflies!

Cut up some tissue paper.

* Note to self: Buy another pair of good children's scissors so the 3-year-old doesn't have to use the big adult scissors since her brother won't give up his red ones.

 The size and shape of the pieces don't matter.

Scrunch up a piece of tissue paper and dip it into glue.

You could also squeeze the glue directly on your picture and place the tissue paper ball on top. But do you recall Alyssa and her obsession with the glue bottle here and here??? Besides, dipping was fun and different.

Place the gluey tissue paper onto an outline of a butterfly.

Jake had early plans of making an entirely red butterfly. Surprise, surprise. He did change his mind though and went the multicolored route.

We hung the finished pictures in the kitchen to proudly display.

What's that? The picture on the top? No, Zac didn't make one. You didn't think I let them have all the fun, did you? Usually I stand back and take picture after picture while they craft away. This time, I set the camera aside and joined in!

This project will work great for any occasion or picture. Christmas tree, Easter egg, American flag, flower, jack-o-lantern, pizza . . . the possibilities are endless and fun! 

Go grab some tissue paper and make a pretty picture to hang in your kitchen!
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