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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: Gr. K-8 | Age: 5-14 yrs | Written by: Claudia Peterson
[Claudia is teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Wayne, NJ]

Students will review symmetry while creating a crayon resist butterfly.

What You Need:
What You Do:
Day one:
  1. Fold the white 9x12 paper in half. Folded the sheet of paper should be 6x9. Have the students draw half a butterfly - do examples on the board. (If necessary have a few different templates on hand).
  2. Have the students cut out the half of butterfly. When they are finished cutting they will have a whole butterfly.
  3. Have the students trace the butterfly on the 12x18 paper with a black crayon.
  4. On one side of the butterfly have the students make different sections using the black crayon. Encourage the students to make the sections medium to large.
  5. When completed with the one side have the students fold the butterfly in half and rub the paper so the black lines will appear on the other half.
  6. Have the students go over all the lines one more time with a black crayon. Make sure the students press hard on the crayon so the black is very dark.
Day two:
  1. Discuss watercolors with the students and have them paint the butterfly. Since the black lines created by the crayon will not allow the watercolors to bleed into other sections, this is a form of crayon resist. Remind them that each side needs to be the same, so as they paint one section on the right they will paint the matching section on the left the same color.
  2. Paint the background one color.

  3. Let dry.
Day three:
  1. Trim the pictures.
  2. Frame on a black piece of paper.

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