Welcome in spring with these colorful flying friends! My girls came home recently with symmetry homework to search the house for items that have symmetry. They were so excited that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a craft that played on their learning. For my older kids, this craft demonstrated symmetry in a hands-on way. For my younger kids, this was a fun magic trick that made a great decoration for our windows!
Gather all your materials. We used white construction paper for the butterfly wings and scraps of various colors for the bodies.
To make a template for my kids, I folded the white construction paper in half and free-handed a butterfly wing. Then I cut it out along the fold so that when you opened it up, you had a set of butterfly wings.
Each of my kids took the template and traced and cut their own butterfly wings to decorate. My four-year-old needed some help with the cutting, but the older kids were able to do this on their own.
Then we talked about a line of symmetry and how everything on both sides looks the same. I gave the kids a paper plate with various colors and had them paint on one half of their butterfly wings using a good amount of paint. My three-year-old had trouble only painting on one side. This won't affect the final product, but we found that folding the wings over so he could only see one side helped.