The kids watched a documentary about Monarch butterflies on Netflix called “Flight of the Butterflies” which coincides with their southern migration.  They were fascinated with this process and the intricate wing patterns of this species and butterflies in general after finding a deceased butterfly.  Extending their interest, we decided to create our own wing designs using loose parts and thought you might like it too!

For the full tutorial (and TEMPLATES ), please check out the link below:


Design Butterfly Wings using Loose Parts!


  • Manipulating objects.
  • Discovering mathematical properties such symmetry, patterning etc.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors with care and adult supervision.
  • Beads and small parts 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.
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