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PAPER BAG BUTTERFLIES [From: Artmaking]
Written by: Linda J. Moucha [Linda is a K-12 Art Instructor at Barry Community Schools, Barry, IL]

Age:

2-5 years

Activity Summary:

Students will create butterflies as they learn about three dimensional sculpture and use puppets to tell a story.

What You Need:

•Colored craft or lunch sacks
•Tissue paper sheets
•Pipe cleaners
•Scrap paper
•Glue or tape
•Markers
•Optional: Googly eyes
•Optional: Sticker eyes

Goals for Learning:

  • Identify the elements of line, shape, space, color and texture; the principles of repetition and pattern, and the expressive qualities of mood, emotion, and pictorial representation.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to create visual works of art using manipulation, eye-hand coordination, building and imagination.

  • Identify media and tools and how to use them in a safe and responsible manner when painting and constructing.

  • Know how images, sounds and movement convey stories about people, places, and times.

What You Do:

  1. Using one or two sheets of tissue, fold in half and twist in the middle to create two wings. Teacher will tape to back of puppet.

  2. Student will use markers to create a face on the top section of the sack. Sticker features could be used.

  3. Pipe cleaner antenna could be added with tape and glue.
Note: This project is teacher intensive.

Variations:

  • A variation could be to cut out wings from construction paper and add marker patterns.
  • For older students, I have them fold paper in half and draw a letter "B" on the fold. We cut it out and create wings.
  • Create wings (letter "B") and copy on colored copy paper and then add marker design.
  • Use a book about butterflies to tell a story, or write a story as a class.

Recommended Books/Videos:

What can you do with a Paper Bag?
An engaging activity book for both home and classroom, What Can You Do with a Paper Bag?, inspired by works of art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will provide hours of educational and entertaining dress-up fun.

Hurry and the Monarch
A migrating butterfly provides Hurry, a Texas tortoise, with perspective on the world beyond his garden.

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