Butterflies—one of the most beautiful pollinators—have been busy all summer long. Butterflies are part of a team of insects that play an important role in the ecosystem by helping pollinate plants. Follow the steps below to make your very own balancing, beautiful, pollinator . . . and this one won’t try to fly away!
Gather your supplies:
- Two-page butterfly printout
- Two pennies
- Two paperclips
- Liquid glue and paintbrush
- Crayons/markers/colored pencils
Print out this butterfly handout (be sure to print the document on two separate one-sided pages). Using markers, crayons or colored pencils, design your butterfly. You can find inspiration from real butterfly patterns or make up your own!
After coloring the two butterflies, cut them out.
Glue a toothpick in the center of the backside of your butterfly (be sure to leave ½ of the toothpick extending past the edge of your butterfly). Paint a thin layer of glue on the rest of the backside of your butterfly and stick the two together.
After allowing the two butterflies that you glued together to dry, clip a coin to the tips of the top two wings. Now let your butterfly balance on your fingertip!