Water Color Butterflies

by rachel on February 16, 2011

in 12-18 Months,Arts and Crafts,Preschool

Even in Houston, we have a taste of winter every now and then.  This year, we’ve had an abnormally large amount of COOOOOLD days — like many Houston mamas, I’ve had to come up with lots of fun “indoor” activities to pacify my housebound kidlets.

Months and months ago, I came across this Water Color Butterfly activity; I wish I could remember where I saw it, so I could give credit where it’s due. . . but, alas, Preggo Brain strikes again and I’m clueless as to the originator of this craft.


Both kidlets, despite the differences in their ages and motor skills, LOVED this activity.  I love it because it can be used to help develop fine motor skills (gotta build up those hand muscles with pre-writing exercises and activities) and to talk about color, butterflies, effects of water, etc.  LOTS of possibilities with this one!


  • Coffee Filters
  • Markers (we used Dot Markers)
  • Water
  • Spray Bottle, Dropper, etc.
  • Paper to use as a barrier for your table (we used construction paper)
  • 1 Black Pipe Cleaner per butterfly (for the antennae)
  • 1 Colored Pipe Cleaner per butterfly (for the body)

Step One

Using the markers of your choice, have your Kidlet color the coffee filter. . .the more color, the better!  Saturate the paper.  :)

Step Two:

When finished coloring, give the child a Spray Bottle of water (or a dropper and a cup of water) to spray water onto the filter.  Don’t be afraid to get it “too wet.”  The more water used, the better of a “water color” effect you’ll see in the end.

Step Three:

Allow the wet filters to dry COMPLETELY — depending on humidty, temps, etc., it could take a couple of hours.

Step Four:

Take a black pipe cleaner and bend it into the shape of butterfly antennae.

Gather the dry filter in the middle and pinch it down.  Place the “antennae” at the top of the pinched filter and then wrap a second pipe cleaner around the pinched middle and the antennae, creating the body of the butterfly and securing the antennae.

That’s it!  We probably made 10-11 that day. . . and the Little Lady still asks once a week to make them again.

Have fun!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela - Starting Daycare February 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Very cute! My home daycare children like making these butterflies too. If you are interested in other fun crafts and activities check out my daycare website at http://www.daycareheadquarters.com.
I like your site!


Michelle Breum February 24, 2011 at 2:50 am

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Fancy dress costumes uk August 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

The Water Colours Butterflies are very Cool Color


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