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Easy Rainbow Painted Butterfly Craft to Make: Rainbow Colored

Create you own colorful paint butterfly craft with your toddler. All you need is some paint and paper for this easy butterfly craft.

This craft is easy enough a toddler can do it but can be fun for an older child too. With older children, you can talk about symmetry and let them draw and cut the butterfly shape.

Pair with a book about butterflies for crafting and reading fun. This butterfly painting craft would be great for the letter B and insect themes too. 

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How to Make a Painted Rainbow Butterfly Craft


finger paint, pen, scissors, and card stock

Step 1. Fold

Fold white paper in half horizontally.

white folded paper

Step 2. Add Paint

Pour a little of each color washable finger paint on the paper in different spots on one half of the folded white paper.

blobs of paint

step 3.

Finger paint – let them paint but no long enough to make mud.

finger paint butterfly craft

Step 4. Fold

Fold the painted paper together and press together. Then unfold the paper. Let paint dry.

finger painting – painted butterfly craft

Step 5. Draw

Draw a butterfly shape on the painted paper using a pen and cut out with scissors.

Folded paper

Finished Butterfly

You can have the child add a black body. You can also talk about symmetry and a line of symmetry. A line of symmetry is  the imaginary line where you could fold the image and have both halves match exactly. A line of  symmetry is also know as reflection symmetry.

These washable paints worked great! My 2 yd old loves to paint. she gets it on her clothes and it washes right out. Comes in a rainbow assortment great for other rainbow and spring crafts.

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