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Here is a “Baggie Butterfly” art project to complement an insect unit
K, 2, 1
By – F. Brockman
Primary Subject – Art
Secondary Subject – Science
Grade Level – K-2
- Here is an art project to go with an insect unit.
- sandwich-sized bags – use ones that zip closes (not the fold-under ones)
- colored tissue paper
- pipe cleaners
- Following a lesson on butterflies, reading
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- , or a study of insects, students create a butterfly to use in retelling the story or facts they have learned.
- Students tear a variety of colored tissue paper into small pieces (approximately 1-inch squares) until they have filled the Baggie with these torn tissue pieces.
- Zip or close sandwich bag squeezing out the air.
- Next, fold pipe cleaner in half around the middle of the bag.
- Fan out sides of bag to make the butterfly wings.
- The remaining pipe cleaner serves as the antennae – just curl ends for that effect.
- Students can use a variety of items to fill the baggie such as colored cereal, colored candy pieces like Lifesavers or M&M;’s.
- After using the butterfly as a story prop, students can enjoy a little snack! Yummy!
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