Coffee Filter Butterfly Magnets

SavvyMom July 11, 2016
Coffee Filter Butterfly Magnets

Best for: Ages 1 to 3

Kids will be flying high after getting crafty with this fun activity.

You’ll Need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Water-based markers
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Small googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners, cut in half
  • Craft glue
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Small magnets

How to Make:

  1. Fold your coffee filter in half. Cut along the two longest sides so that you end up with the ‘wings’ of your butterfly.
  2. Place butterfly wings, a clothespin, a set of googly eyes and a half a pipe cleaner at each child’s place. Make sure each child can reach a variety of markers.
  3. Have the children fill the entire coffee filter with lots of colours. The patterns can be random; the colouring doesn’t need to be pretty but you want to fill as much white space as possible.
  4. Once a child has filled the white space, take the spray bottle and lightly spritz the wings with water so that all the colours bleed together.
  5. Place the wings in a warm spot to dry.
  6. While the wings dry, have the children colour their clothespins. These are the bodies of their butterflies.
  7. Glue a set of googly eyes on the short end of the clothespin (the end that opens).
  8. Glue a magnet to the back side of the clothespin near the top of the short end.
  9. Have the children fold their pipe cleaners in half forming a ‘v’ shape. They can wind the edges around a pencil or marker to form the antennae.
  10. When the wings have dried, simply open the clothespin and trap the middle of the wings in the clip part of the clothespin and then tuck in the antennae.

Thanks to our Savvy Storyteller Susannah from Creative Mama on a Dime for providing this kids’ craft.

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