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Butterflies Caterpillars: Cut out circles on different colored construction paper. Paste circles side by side slightly overlapping. Add legs and feelers from pipe cleaners and draw on face. From Caterpillars to Butterflies: At the beginning of the unit have the child make a caterpillar from an egg carton. Then roll it up into a cocoon, construction paper, and then hang them around the room. At the end of the week open the cocoons and out comes a butterfly (teacher has glue or taped on wings). Delicate Wings: Make a butterfly shape for each child by folding a piece of tissue paper and cutting out wings. Use a variety of colors. Staple the wings together approximately 1 inch from the fold. Slide a tongue depressor through the paper and twist it so the staples are in the middle of a flat side of the stick. Crease wings apart. Have the child use tissue paper scraps to create colorful designs on the butterfly wings. To make the butterfly flap its wings hold the end of the stick and gently move it up and down. Crayon Shaving Butterflies: Shave old crayons and place between two sheets of wax paper and iron between newspaper. Cut into a butterfly shape and hang in the window . Inkblot Butterflies: Cut out a butterfly shape and fold it in the center, have the children paint one side. Fold and rub lightly, then unfold. Feet Butterflies: Have children take off shoes, dip feet into shallow pan of pastel paint. Step onto a piece of paper so feet are going outward from the heels together. When dry add antenna with markers. Baggie Butterflies: Fill a snack size ziploc bag with scarps of tissues paper and cellophane and then gather them together at the middle with half a pipe cleaner. Twist and bend the stem into antennae. Cupcake Liner Butterflies: Flatten out cupcake liners and color with markers or crayons many different colors. Pinch liners together in the center and wrap with pipe cleaners using the left over to make antennae. Coffee Filter Butterflies: 1) Take a cone shaped coffee filter and cut it apart. Have the children watercolor each side. Paint a clothespin black and then attach the two wings with it. Then add a pipecleaner tied around the clothespin for the antennae. 2) Using regular coffee filters, flatten them out and let the kids drip colors on with eyedroppers. When dry, use the non-spring type clothespins and push the coffee filters into the slit. Add pipe cleaner antennas. Stained Glass Butterflies: Precut a butterfly shape out of construction paper. After cutting out he shape, cut out holes in various spots. The children can glue tissue paper squares over the holes. Tissue Paper Butterflies: Cut butterfly shapes from white paper. Set out assorted colors of 1-inch tissue paper squares small containers of water and paintbrushes. Have the children paint the butterfly shapes with water and place the tissue paper square randomly on the shapes. Have them count to ten then remove the wet tissue paper to view the colors left behind. A Fun Caterpillar: You will need a straw that has a paper covering. Squish the paper covering down to the bottom of the straw. (Just as if you were going to use it) Take the straw paper the rest of the way off. You should have a little squished tunnel resembling a caterpillar. Now, take a drop or two of water and drop it right onto this paper caterpillar. Look--IT MOVES--Just like a caterpillar.
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