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The arrival of springtime not only brings out longer days and warmer temperatures, it also brings out a rainbow of colors. Flowers, birds, and of course, butterflies of all colors, shapes, and sizes start popping up all over the place.
That, obviously, gave us the perfect excuse to put together a list of some of our favorite butterfly crafts for preschoolers.
Your students are not only going to love making these fun spring crafts, but if you use them to decorate your classroom for spring when they’re all done, they’re going to have so much fun seeing their hard work on display!
Preschool Butterfly Crafts
Most of these beautiful butterfly crafts for preschoolers require very minimal prep on your part and best of all, most of them are made with supplies that you probably already have on hand!
With this fun craft, little kids not only get to make a butterfly, they also get instructions for a ladybug and a bee as well.
All you need is some cardstock and a few other simple supplies to create these adorable little critters and when they’re all done, you can use them as windsocks outdoors or hang them up in your classroom as whimsical spring decorations.
If you have younger children that love collecting things they find in nature, then you’re not going to want to miss this one because it gives them something to do with all of those treasures.
With just some contact paper and tape, your students’ nature found treasures can be added together to create a beautiful butterfly masterpiece that would make the perfect craft for the spring season!
Have you ever crafted with black glue?
Well, if you haven’t, after seeing this beautiful paper butterfly craft, you’re going to want to give it a try!
Kids of all ages can work on their fine motor skills by controlling the glue to make the butterfly shape and then they can fill it in with watercolors.
If you’re looking for an easy craft that gives your students a fun way to celebrate spring, this is it!
In fact, it doesn’t get much easier than this!
Just grab a few paint markers and some pasta and before long, you’ll have some beautiful butterflies!
If your students have ever wondered what it’s like to have a butterfly’s wings, this is their chance to find out!
With just a few simple materials, younger children and older kids alike can work to create a truly unique set of butterfly wings!
If you’ve never had your preschoolers try painting with bubbles, you’re missing out!
They’ll have a blast blowing bubbles into a bowl and you’ll wind up with some great butterfly crafts for preschoolers with each one being as unique as the child that made it!
One of the coolest things about preschool teachers is their ability to pull ideas out of thin air, using items you wouldn’t normally associate with crafting or learning.
This sponge painted butterfly is the perfect example of that!
With just a few simple bath sponges and a little bit of paint, your preschoolers can create a cute butterfly craft that is truly one of a kind!
It’s amazing how adding a bit of black can really make the colors of an art project pop and no project showcases that quite like this one!
A few sheets of construction paper and some chalk pastels makes for some gorgeous, colorful butterfly crafts for preschoolers that really stand out.
Decorate your classroom door or bulletin board with a few of these and you’ll be the brightest room in the school!
Most young children love playing dress up, but they’ll love it even more when they help make the costumes!
This butterfly mask craft requires only a few simple supplies, but have your students add them to your dramatic play center when they’re all done making them and they can provide them with hours of fun!
I told you that preschool teachers were creative, didn’t I? Well, that becomes even more obvious with this butterfly printing activity!
Using another basic kitchen staple, your students will get to create their very own butterfly stamp!
Have them stamp their butterflies onto some large pieces of butcher paper and you’ve got a bulletin board background that is perfect for a spring theme!
If you’ve got a lot of windows in your classroom, this idea should earn a top spot on your list of butterfly crafts for preschoolers!
With the butterfly template, contact paper, and some colorful tissue, your preschoolers can make some gorgeous butterfly suncatchers that will have a rainbow of colors filling your classroom!
Have some extra tissue paper lying around? This is such a beautiful way to create butterflies that can be unique for each child by using different colors and cutting techniques.
There’s no paint, no markers, and nothing super messy about this craft, so if you love the look of coffee filter butterflies, but are wanting something a bit quicker or cleaner, this fun spring craft is just what you’re looking for!
If, like most teachers, you find yourself with a bunch of random craft supplies left over from other projects, this cupcake liner butterfly is a fantastic way to use some of them up!
And like some of the other crafts on our list, a few different variations are provided so that your students can make their own butterflies just as special and unique as they are!
Almost all of us have memories of making butterflies out of coffee filters in school. Now it’s time to pass this easy butterfly craft onto the next generation.
They’re not only beautiful, they’re also a great way to work on fine motor skills! Between using droppers and the accordion-style paper folding, those small motor muscles are in for an excellent work out!
We’ve always loved paper plate craft ideas around here, but this one has to be one of the best ideas that we’ve ever seen!
Using just a paper plate, some craft sticks, and a few other inexpensive materials, your students can make an adorable paper plate butterfly craft that can actually flutter!
Handprint crafts have long been a preschool favorite as projects made with little hands are perfect for parent gifts and this handprint butterfly craft is no different!
Painting the design right onto your students’ hands will not only have them giggling like crazy, it’ll also make for some really interesting butterfly wing patterns!
If you’re looking for a simple craft that involves a lot of fine motor practice, this colorful butterfly paper heart craft is it!
Punching hearts out of colored paper with a heart shaped paper punch is a fun activity all on its own, but then using them to make an awesome looking butterfly? That’s a super easy way to amaze your preschoolers while creating your own spring masterpieces!
Making puppets out of brown paper bags isn’t a new concept, but using a printable for a completely customizable butterfly is genius! You can either print it on colored paper or have your students color or paint the pieces themselves to make it even more unique.
Just follow the steps to cut out and glue the pieces onto the paper bag and your students are ready to put on a full scale butterfly puppet show!
Spring is known for bringing warmer temperatures, colorful flowers, and of course, rainy days.
But that doesn’t mean that the entire season has to be gray and dreary! Brighten it up by having your students make a few of these tissue paper butterflies and then hanging them up in your windows!
The light that shines through them will have your classroom looking like a rainbow wonderland!
If you’ve never tried using watercolor paints on the back of a paper plate, you definitely should because it can make a beautiful butterfly!
Add some washi tape, a popsicle stick, and some googly eyes and you’ve got some incredibly creative, one of a kind butterflies that you can hang from your ceiling!
Whether you’re building a full butterfly theme unit or focusing more on spring, there are so many amazing things that you can add to your dramatic play center to liven things up (and a few of them even made this list)!
One that your kids are going to love while playing dress up are these butterfly rings!
Two supplies, that’s all you need to make these simple, no-mess butterfly rings! Just grab some pipe cleaners in a few different colors and a pair of scissors and follow the easy step-by-step instructions to make your own.
Have you even made your own puffy paint?
If you haven’t, you’re definitely missing out!
Using just 3 simple ingredients, you can make your own puffy paint butterflies with a bit of a cool 3D effect that your students are going to love!