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Tissue Paper Butterfly Crafts for Preschool

Today we are sharing a beautiful tissue paper butterfly project for kids to make to celebrate the arrival of spring or summer break!  This easy butterfly craft is such a fun butterfly craft idea to make with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders as it is super simple to make with stunning results!  Download our free printable butterfly printable template to make this  butterfly craft for kids.

Today we are sharing a beautiful tissue paper butterfly project for kids to make to celebrate the arrival of spring or summer break!  This easy butterfly craft is such a fun butterfly craft idea to make with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders as it is super simple to make with stunning results!  Download our free printable butterfly printable template to make this  butterfly craft for kids.

Tissue paper butterfly

My kids love butterflies and have been spotting them around everywhere now that it’s warm outside. We recently went a nature walk looking for butterflies and other pollinators. We were surprised to see several different kinds of butterflies with different colors and designs. I love doing tissue paper crafts; there are so many ways to use it! This pretty tissue paper butterfly is a fun butterfly craft to make with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and grade 1 students. This simple butterfly craft for preschoolers is sure to be a hit with kids. Plus this summer craft for preschool or  spring craft for kids will brighten your windows with cheerful, happy, colorful  butterflies!

Butterfly Printable Template

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Butterfly Crafts for Preschool

Butterfly craft for kids

All you need to make this butterfly craft are a few simple materials you probably already have on hand.

Materials:

  • butterfly printable template (outline I used or various templates at bottom of post)
  • black crayon
  • tissue paper in different colors
  • scissors
  • school glue (and a bit of water)
  • small bowl or plate
  • paint brush

Print the butterfly template then cut out tissue paper in a few different shapes: rectangle, square, oval, circle, and triangle.

HINT: Stack the tissue paper to cut many shapes at a time.

use black crayons to make designs on the butterfly wings

Tissue paper butterfly craft

First, use a black crayon to make designs on your butterfly wings.

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Easy butterfly craft

Next, spread some glue across the top of the butterfly

Begin to lay tissue paper on top of the glue to fill in the butterfly shape. Don’t worry if the tissue paper goes over the black lines you drew, they will be revealed later more in a later step.

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Continue until the wings are deigned to your liking. It’s OK if the edges aren’t stuck down at this point, because that comes next.

use a glue water wash over the top to blend the colors

Butterfly craft for preschoolers

After the wings are filled in, it is time to use the thinner glue in the bowl. Use a paint brush with the glue to smooth the tissue paper pieces pieces and edges down.

HINT: I also put some glue in a shallow bowl and added just a little bit of water to make it more spreadable for use with a paintbrush.

You’ll see that as you paint the watery glue over the tissue paper, the black lines that were drawn earlier are seen again and has a really neat effect.

butterfly craft

Butterfly craft for toddlers

Let dry completely, and then cut the butterfly out.

Isn’t it pretty!?

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Butterfly Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun butterfly activities, butterfly crafts, and butterfly printables to add to your day or butterfly theme? Try these:

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Spring Crafts for Kids

Learn how to make these beautiful chromatography flowers using coffee filters and markers. This is both a fun art project AND a simple science experiments for kids that explores colors while making pretty craft flowers for spring and summer.  This STEAM project is the perfect spring activity for toddler, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarteners, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.  jelly bean stem activity  Flower Activity for kids dying flowers

Spring Science

Check out these outrageously FUN spring science experiments for kids:

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Flower Printables

Looking for some fun, educational spring theme ideas to make learning fun this April and May? Check out these fun resources:

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Spring Printables

Tissue paper butterfly template

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Emily

Emily loves to get out exploring and learning alongside her children, and strives to make learning fun! She blogs at Creative Little Explorers, where she shares hands-on learning ideas, nature activities, crafts, and more.

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