Designing Wings Butterfly Craft for Preschoolers

If you’re planning a Bees & Butterflies or even a Bugs or Insects theme, here’s a fun way to explore important STEAM topics while designing wings to make your own quick & easy butterfly craft for preschoolers. Your little kids will love every minute of it! 

We’re back-tracking just a bit today to share one more awesome STEAM activity from our Bees & Butterflies preschool monthly theme. This Designing Wings Butterfly Craft for Little Kids is all kinds of awesome and I’m willing to bet that your little kids will love it! 

collage of butterfly craft images with text: Designing Wings Butterfly CraftThis is it, y’all! After today, it’s all things Bubbles, Boats & Floats for the rest of May. 

child squirting liquid watercolor onto absorbent surfaces
You know, because we couldn’t wrap things up without making quick & easy butterflies.

And that’s exactly what we did today. We used a variety of materials that we had around the house and experimented with designing wings. 

child squirting liquid paint onto paper towel
Peacock butterfly wings are special because they look like they have eyes on them. This helps scare away predators. 

child using eyedropper to squirt paint onto paper towel
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

child's butterfly craft using eyedropper, liquid watercolor, and various absorbent household items
Designing Wings Butterfly Craft for Preschoolers

Set Up

  • Set out a variety of materials (paper towel, coffee filter, paper, leaves, rocks) on a tray.
  • Place a cup of watery paint and eyedroppers next to the materials. 
  • Encourage children to experiment with dripping watery paint on the materials and create designs. 

Big Questions

  • What types of designs to butterfly wings have? 
  • What happens to the materials when water is dropped on them? 
  • How can you make small drops or big drops? 

I set out two small containers of water and added a few drops of Liquid Watercolor* to each. Because they’re so vibrant, they’re wonderful for preschool crafts like this one. 

child squirting purple paint onto paper towel
This particular activity was a fun mix of Investigation Station and Invitation to Create. While it was considered a Science & Nature activity, I specifically chose to share it because it had a bit of a process art feel to it. 

child squirting purple paint onto paper towel using eyedropper
I set out paper towel, coffee filters, a wet wipe, and a cupcake liner for the little guy to explore.

paper towel and cupcake liner saturated with liquid paint
Even just looking at the pictures, you can see how the materials reacted to water being dripped on them. Some of the items were quick to absorb the color and others not so much. 

child using eyedropper to squirt liquid paint onto cupcake liner
Look what happened when the little guy squirted liquid watercolor on the cupcake liner? It just kind of pooled in one place and didn’t absorb all that quickly. That’s quite a contrast to the paper towel and even the baby wipe, don’t you think? 

child's designing wings butterfly STEAM craft
We ultimately ended up adding blue watercolor too. Aren’t the red, blue, and purple so beautiful together? I love how with the more absorbent materials, the colors mix together. It’s creates such an amazing effect. 

butterfly craft using coffee filter and pipe cleaner
When it was all said and done, we added a black pipe cleaner for our butterfly’s body as well as its antennae and I helped the little guy trim it down to make things a bit more proportional. 

He was all kinds of excited about how his butterfly craft for preschoolers turned out and I bet your little kids will be too! 

Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Bubbles, Boats & Floats theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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