Flappy Butterfly, Toddler Craft


Once the caterpillars turned into butterflies, we watched them up close and talked about how they’d be set free just as soon as it stopped raining. Of course, a butterfly craft was in order. Our two-year olds decorated their butterfly cutouts with markers. Dot markers or paint could be used on thicker paper or tagboard, but then the butterflies wouldn’t be as flappy. The kids were proud of their creations and flew their butterflies around the classroom.

Best quote of the day: Upon seeing a butterfly open and close its wings,  one of the girls said, “The butterfly is clapping!” How cute is that?!

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  • paper
  • scissors
  • markers
  • craft sticks
  • pipe cleaners
  • masking tape


  1. Cut out butterfly shape.
  2. Decorate butterfly with markers.
  3. Tape craft stick and two pipe cleaners to back of butterfly, leaving top of craft stick showing–about one inch–above paper butterfly. Curl ends of pipe cleaner antennae.
  4. Create butterfly’s face by adding eyes and mouth to part of craft stick showing.

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Cutie Patootie Caterpillars, Toddler Craft

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An empty egg carton stared at me and said, “Please give me a second  life!” So, I cut up the egg carton and showed the two year-olds in my pre-school class how to paint their caterpillars. They dipped, dripped and dabbed. Fun!

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  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • paint and paint brush
  • large pom-poms
  • googly eyes
  • craft glue
  • newspaper


  1. Spread newspaper over work surface. Cut egg carton into sections. I made each caterpillar body two egg sections.
  2. Paint “body.” Let dry.
  3. Glue large pom-pom to one end of egg carton. Press to set glue.
  4. Glue googly eyes on the pom-pom.
  5. Let dry before handling.

Book: Guess which book we read when our caterpillars were finished…Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, of course. Click here to watch an animated version of the book.

Bonus: Shout out to the fabulous pre-school director and Transitional Two’s head teacher who brought in something extra special to show the children—live caterpillars! Every year, the pre-school orders butterfly kits which include cups of caterpillars, habitats, and food. The kids watch as the caterpillars eat, form chrysalises, and transform into butterflies. Then they set them free.