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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up| Written by: Karen LaVarnway
[Karen is a teacher from Plattsburgh.]

Students will create a butterfly using tissue paper and coffee filters.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Take coffee filter (or paper cut to shape) and have children spray or paint completely with water.
  2. Place squares of tissue paper on wet paper or coffee filter.
  3. Let dry about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove tissue paper and the colors will remain.
  5. Take the pipe cleaner and wrap it around the center of the filter and bend ends to look like antenna. Cut to length and glue (if using the paper).


You could also have children put tissue paper on one side only, fold paper in half and have the colors transfer from one side to the other with the coffee filters... one placed on top of the other (with tissue paper in between) will also transfer the colors from one to the other spray bottle and paint brushes give the children different small motor experiences.

The children in my class liked this project so much that we did it two days in a row.

You might also like: Coffee Filter Butterflies (with magic markers)

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