Butterfly Craft Ideas for Kids

Butterflies are colorful creatures and are often one of the first insects that a toddler would recognize. This makes them a great subject to incorporate into your home craft activities from an early age.  

We have prepared a list of easy butterfly craft ideas that are manageable from toddler and preschooler age. 

Full Butterfly Craft Instructions

If you spot a butterfly craft idea that you would like more information on then click on the heading links.

This will take you to the detailed instructions page where you will find: 

  • A full video demonstration of the craft from start to finish.
  • Step by step written instructions.
  • Photos to go with each step.

Butterfly Craft Activities for Kids

1. Butterfly Paper Craft

How to Make a Butterfly Paper Craft

This paper craft idea is an easy way to introduce your kids to the concept of origami. Being able to fold paper to create artistic shapes is a process that can really improve your kid’s dexterity, and also their patience. 

What I like most about this butterfly origami is that you can take very limited materials, and create these beautifully sophisticated butterfly decorations. 

At first glance they look complicated, but your kids will be able to put these together after a little bit of practice. 

2. Butterfly Hand Craft

Butterfly Hand Craft

You have some options with this butterfly hand craft idea. You can use your own hands for larger wings that open up more space for freestyle decorations, or you can use your child’s hands so you have that little snapshot of how small they were on the day. 

As you can see in the picture above, we went with the big hand option. 

By using light-colored paper for your butterfly wings you can then draw and paint your way to a unique butterfly wing designs. 

3. Butterfly Craft with Toilet Roll

Butterfly Craft with Toilet Roll

This is a fun way to recycle common household toilet rolls into a beautiful butterfly through some basic use of colored paper, and some random decorations. 

4. Butterfly Life Cycle Craft

Butterfly Lifecycle Craft

This is just as much an interactive science lesson as it is a craft activity. 

Using a paper plate you map out how a butterfly comes to be. Everything from the egg, to caterpillar, the cocoon, and finally a beautiful butterfly. 

5. Butterfly Headband Craft

Butterfly Headband Craft

A craft project that you can wear is always a hit. These butterfly headbands will brighten up a butterfly themed birthday party, or just a fun activity to do around the house with your kids. 

Keeping kids engaged in a project from start to finish may prove easier if they get to wear the end result. 

Final Word

Did you know that a group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope? Sounds like an appropriate name and that could be why the device more typically associated with the word kaleidoscope as being one that displays impressive collections of colors and light. 

These butterfly craft projects will allow you and your kids to create your own colorful kaleidoscopes and have a lot of fun while doing so. 

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