Monday, March 21, 2011

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Materials Needed:
  • White round coffee filter
  • Watercolor paints
  • Clothes pin
  • Markers
  • Small googley eyes
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Yarn
  • Glue gun
  1. Flatten coffee filter so that the child can paint it. Encourage him/her to paint the entire filter. The less white the better. If you're like me, you might have to "let go" of the urge to paint all the white parts that the kiddos did not cover. =)
  2. When child is finished painting, set the filter aside to dry.
  3. While the filter is drying, have the child use markers, or more paint, to color the clothespin.
  4. Glue googley eyes on to one end of the clothespin. Make sure that the part of the clothespin that clasps is up...that's the end you'll glue the eyes on to.
  5. Form the pipe cleaner into the shape of antennae. Glue this on to the butterfly's "head".
  6. Once the coffee filter is dry, pinch the top and bottom together and use the clothespin to hold it there. "Fan" out the sides until they look like the wings you want them to be.
  7. Optional: Glue yarn to the back of the clothespin to hang it up.

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