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Design a butterfly with this quick and fun project for science class!
Create a butterfly stencil by folding a piece of poster board in half and drawing one side of a butterfly’s body and wings. Using Crayola® Scissors cut out the stencil. Use the stencil to create enough butterflies for the entire class.
Give each student a butterfly cutout, Crayola® Washable Markers, Crayola® Construction paper, and Crayola® No-Run School Glue.
Instruct students to draw a design on their butterfly using markers. Encourage the students to use construction paper to create 3D elements on the thorax and head. This can be a creative project or research based depending upon your needs. If it is research based, ask the students to try to recreate the wing pattern of a real butterfly. If the project is creative, ask the students to create an original design.
Once all glue is dry on the front, ask each student to glue a piece of twine to the backs of their butterflies. This twine will allow you to hang butterflies around the classroom or on a bulletin board for display.
Once the students’ work is complete, ask them to find a partner to discuss the artistic attributes of their butterflies. Pose these questions: Can you identify the following parts on your partner’s butterfly: head, thorax, abdomen and wings? Can you explain how the color pattern on your butterfly is useful in their environment?
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