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How To Make Butterflies With Young Toddlers

Updated on July 28, 2012

Busy Toddler Activity

Keeping an energetic toddler entertained can be a lot of work. To keep my daughter entertained and happy we do fun little projects like making butterflies out of coffee filters and food coloring. Then hanging them from her fan in her room (kind of like a mobile) with fishing line.

To prepare for the project I had one large iced coffee (that was gone before the project was started), coffee filters, about in inch of a straw to color the coffee filters, and several colors of food coloring mixed with water. We also used pipe cleaners to make the antennas. (This has the potential to be very messy so you may want to make this an outside activity.)

To assemble the butterflies you can take two colored coffee filter and place them together to make four wings, then take one or two pipe cleaners and twist it around the butterflies to hold the wings together. When you have enough butterflies tie the butterflies together with the fishing line. Then you should have a pretty little line of butterflies.


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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic hub. Oh boy we are going to have some fun now. My little 2.5 year old loves, what is called Buom buom. Vietnamese for butterfly.

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      Film Fanatic 603 5 years ago

      Sounds like an easy, creative way to entertain children. The only thing I can suggest to you is to consider step by step pictures in your next how to. Though with something as simple as this you might not necessarily need them, there will always be someone who might need the extra help.