Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Learn About Butterflies Day

If you were around last year, you know my kids love butterflies. We were lucky enough to go to an indoor butterfly exhibit and got to see a lot of different butterflies up close. We wore yellows and blues to attract the butterflies.  As long as we didn't touch their wings, it was ok for the butterflies to land on us. The boys wanted a butterfly to land on them so badly, that they sat completely still for several minutes. (Which if you know my kids, you know that doesn't happen very often!) The boys loved being surrounded by butterflies and had a great time.
Last year for Learn About Butterflies Day, we made butterfly shaped snacks including a butterfly clothespin snack bag, a butterfly snack made out of fruit and a breakfast butterfly waffle. (To get the directions, check out my When Is My Friend, Little White Butterfly Coming Back? post.) We are still making the butterfly shaped snacks, but we made a few new crafts this year.

Footprint Butterflies:
This craft works best with smaller feet, but the handprint butterfly works great for older kids.
You will need:
  • Craft paint
  • Paper (cardstock works best)
  • Black marker
  • Paint brushes

Directions: Lightly paint your child's foot and press onto paper. You want to press the left foot on the right side of the paper and the right foot on the left side of the paper to form the wings. Leave a little space between the wings. Once the paint is dried, you will use the marker to draw on the body and antennae. Dip a finger in paint and dot on to form the top of the antennae.

To make it extra fun for the kids, leave the paintbrushes and paint within reach while you leave to get some rags for clean up! I left to grab some wet rags to wipe off Higgin's feet. I came back and he had painted the extra pieces of paper, his feet, and part of the kitchen floor. Oh well, at least it was relatively easy to clean up.




For a really easy butterfly, try making a paper cut out of a butterfly.

You will need:
  • Piece of white paper
  • Paint or markers
  • Scissors
  • Black or brown pipe cleaners for antennae. 

Directions:
1. Fold the paper in half and cut out a butterfly shape (or use the stencil below*).
2. Paint decorative spots on the cut out.
3. When the paint is dry, glue the pipe cleaners to the back of the head.


Other Butterfly Posts You May Like:
Butterfly Suncatchers
Handy Butterflies
When Is My Friend, Little White Butterfly Coming Back?
Flighty Cupcakes

Here are some facts I found online:
  • Butterflies can see the colors yellow, red, green, and colors in the ultraviolet range.
  • Butterflies use their antennae to "smell" and their feet to taste.
  • Most butterflies use their tongues to sip nectar from flowers for food.
  • The dust on the butterflies wings are actually tiny scales.
  • Butterflies live from 2 days up to 11 months.
  • The smallest butterfly is the Western Pygmy Blue with a wingspan of up to 7 mm.
  • The largest butterfly is the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing with a wingspan up to 12 1/2 inches.

Links:
http://butterflywebsite.com/faq.cfm
http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-butterfly.html
http://www.amazingbutterflies.com/frequentlyaskedquestions.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/allabout/Extremes.shtml



*Cut Out Butterfly Stencil






















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