Last month, Z.E.N. came home from school with this:
My first thought was “Really? Kindergarteners have to do projects now?” I don’t remember having to do projects in Kindergarten, but I guess the times have now changed.
After reviewing the assignment, I thought about it for a few minutes, but really didn’t have any ideas of how to make this butterfly model. Later on that night I headed online to find some motivation.
I found some really great ideas online and settled on a model butterfly made using an egg carton.
Z.E.N. wanted to color the egg carton, I agreed, but I didn’t think it would be easy to color using simple crayons. I also needed a few more supplies so I headed to WalMart to see what I could find.
I decided that the butterfly wings would be made out of poster board and found that WalMart had a huge selection to choose from.
I also checked out the Elmer’s Display and picked up a few more supplies.
These are the supplies we used for the Butterfly model project:
I had heard good things about the Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers you see pictured above. They can be used on many different surfaces from paper, ceramic, and wood, to plastic, metal, and glass. And they dry very quickly. They are available in a variety of colors and retail for $1.97 for each individual marker.
Here’s how we made the Butterfly model!
Butterfly Model Project:
- Egg Carton
- Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers – we used black, white, yellow and orange, but you can use whatever colors you like
- Poster Board
- X-Acto Gripster Soft Grip Knife
- Pipe cleaner
First, I cut the Egg Carton using the X-Acto Gripster Soft Grip Knife.
Then Z.E.N. got to work coloring the egg carton using the Painters Paint Markers.
Z.E.N. wanted to make a Monarch butterfly, so he used yellow, black and white markers which are the colors of the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. One thing I didn’t realize when I was purchasing the Elmer’s Painters Paint Markers, is that they offer a different variety of tip sizes. The black marker I purchased was a fine tipped one which Z.E.N. found a bit difficult to use.
Here is the caterpillar part completely painted.
Next we worked on the butterfly wings. I found a template online, traced it onto the poster board and then Z.E.N cut it out. We did this twice.
Then I made some freehand ovals to the wings to mimic the look of a Monarch Butterfly and Z.E.N got to work adding some color to them. He colored the outer part of the wing first using black crayon. Then he colored the ovals using the orange marker for a nice pop of color.
Here are the completed butterfly wings.
I then poked small holes into the top of the egg carton to make the antennae and then attached the wings to the egg carton using glue dots. Here is the completed project.
Z.E.N. then completed the worksheet and we sent it off to school. It was displayed at the science fair for all to see!
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