Coffee filter flying butterflies is a super inexpensive and simple arts and crafts activity. It was a peaceful quiet indoor activity at that! My kids and I sat down and silently colored these filters which gave me a rest from the craziness. These butterfly crafts with coffee filters are great for kids especially preschoolers.
I am at home with two kids, the younger one is smack dab in the peak of her terrible twos. She’s extremely demanding and adorable at the same time. Nevertheless I’m exhausted. She likes arts and crafts but not quite organized enough to make it a peaceful activity.
While making these butterfly crafts for kids with coffee filters my 3 year old was antagonizing my 8 year old. She would not let him color his butterfly! She thinks it funny to snatch everything in his hands and then run away.
Needless to say he gets frustrated with his baby sister when he’s actually trying to focus on something like arts and crafts. I give her time outs but she doesn’t seem to get it yet. Regardless of their age difference and sibling rivalries, they love each other very much.
It makes my heart melt when I see them getting along. After the fighting during butterfly crafts for preschoolers and kids was over, they had lunch together. She offered him her apple slice and he said thank you sister! And she gave him a big hug. I love moment like that, it makes me so proud to be their mom.
Another great thing about butterfly crafts for preschoolers is that the clean up is pretty minimal. For example we did tie dye water colors the other day and I still haven’t gotten all the purple out of the tile in the kitchen! Get these simple directions below!
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Make these coffee filter butterflies flap their wings when gently attached to long thin craft sticks.
Cut the space around the butterfly wing and discard the scraps
Cut the ridged edge under the smaller wing off and discard
Then cut the edge by the larger wing apart as well
Flip the coffee filter over to color and decorate, you want the little ridged edge underneath to attach to the stick. Color and/ or decorate any way you want, you can use crayons, markers, colored pencils, stickers, etc.
Tape or glue to a long thin stick to make the wings flap
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