Coffee Filter Butterflies (with markers or paint)

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Using coffee filters, magic markers (or paint) and water, you can make delightful butterfly sculptures.

By Angela Hopkins [Angela is a teacher at KinderCare in Freeland, Michigan.]

What You Need:

  • pipe cleaners (assorted colors)
  • coffee filters (large size)
  • water-base markers (or watercolor paints and brushes)
  • small spray bottle filled with water

What You Do:

  1. Give each child a coffee filter and have them color on it with markers. Encourage them to make designs.
  2. Have them hold up the coffee filter, and spray with water. Let them watch the colors spread and run together.
  3. Once the filter is dry, bunch it in the middle and wrap a pipe cleaner around it. Make sure you leave a little extra pipe cleaner to make two antennae.

Recommended Books/Products:

Monarch Magic
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Paint the Wild Butterfly Kit
by Balitono, Inc
Paint three hand carved, solid wood butterflies to create unique magnets or hanging decorations.