My little nephew loves activities that have a fine motor component to them so we wanted to make him something to do with that from these boxes that Nan (grandma) gave us.  You know you like recycled crafts when your relatives, friends and neighbours save items for you to re-use!  This butterfly craft allows children in Preschool and Kindergarten to practise and develop their fine motor skills and you could add it as an activity to a Butterfly unit as well. 


  • Box
  • Butterfly Template: butterfly
  • Paint (or markers)
  • Pom poms
  • Scissors
  • Circle punch (or milk jug lids and a pencil)

We always find these items useful too:



  • Paint the top of your box if you like.
  • Cut out your butterfly and paint or colour it.
  • Punch holes in the areas where you would like your pom poms to go through on the wings.
  • Trace your butterfly onto your box and the holes too.
  • Have an adult cut holes in the box where you traced your holes for the pom poms.  (Use a utility or craft knife to do this, exercising caution)  Make the holes bigger than those that you punched.
  • If you would like the child to work on their colour matching, take a cap (like one from a milk jug) and trace around the holes on your butterfly and then colour or paint the remaining space in to correspond with the pom poms to insert.
  • Glue your butterfly onto your box, making sure that that the holes on your butterfly line up with those on your box.
  • Give your butterfly box to friend with the pom poms inside and a small container and watch them go!

Other Butterfly Projects might like:

Butterfly Magnet Maze

Spin Art Butterflies: Find the templates here:

Watercolour Butterflies:

Design Butterfly Wings:

Butterfly Cards:

Butterfly Wall Hanging: Use coffee filters to create these whimsical butterflies to dress up your wall. Connected to the children's book: "Waiting for Wings".

Butterfly Wall Hanging:

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BUTTERFLY POM POM PUSH: This is a great way to practice one's fine motor skills and introduce colour matching as well! This recycled craft is lovely for spring or to go along with a Butterfly unit for Preschool or Kindergarten. #butteflycraft #recycledcraft #finemotorskills #finemotorskilldevelopment #finemotorskillactivity #resuse #preschool #kindergarten


  • Developing one’s fine motor skills.
  • Identifying colour matches.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Small items such as pom poms can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.  This activity is therefore not recommended for those 3 and under.
  • A utility knife, drill or craft knife should be used by an adult only!
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