Frugal Kid Fun: Make Coffee Filter Butterfly’s

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Photo Credit: Mom on Dealz

Thanks to Mom on Dealz for this weeks Frugal Kids Fun project!  My kids have both made this is school and LOVED it!

This activity can be as simple or as elaborate as you and your child choose. 

coffee filter
pipe cleaner
spray bottle with water

1. Use the markers to color the coffee filter.
2. Spray the coffee filter with water, wetting enough for colors to blend.
3.  Blot with papertowel or allow filter to dry on it’s own.
4.  Pinch the filter in the middle and wrap the pipe cleaner around it to create the body.  You can shape the excess pipe cleaner into an antennae.
5. Fan out the wings.

Optional Materials:
googly eyes
stickers to decorate “wings”
magnet (to glue onto pipe cleaner so you can make the butterfly into a fridge magnet)
fishing line ( if you want to hang the butterflies)
watercolor paints (to use in place of markers)
food coloring (to use in place of markers)

Butterfly Life Cycle
Stage 1: Egg
Stage 2:  Caterpillar (larva)
Stage 3:  Chrysalis (pupa)
Stage 4: Butterfly
**HERE is a site that has illustations to the life cycle, plus tons of FREE printable activites!

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