Fishing for brightly colored fish is a staple in our arsenal of toddler crafts. But some little ones get frustrated at missing the magnet-to-paperclip connection.
Either try this butterfly idea or add it to your arsenal as a variation during your units on colors and bugs.
What You Need
paper towel tubes, one for each butterfly catcher
What You Do
1. Cut out simple big butterflies from the paper. (The child-safe scissors can be for you; they’re definitely for the young ones helping you.) Laminate the butterflies for durability and re-use, if you can.
2. Create a wand by wrapping the paper towel tube with colorful papers. Glue the ends to the towel.
3. Spread the butterflies out on the floor.
4. Ask the children to collect as many butterflies as they can: touch the butterfly with the wand, then gently pick it up.
Helpful additions and variations:
a) Provide a basket to collect the butterflies.
b) If the butterflies are laminated, stick a good-sized loop of tape to the middle of each butterfly. Catching butterflies now becomes a much more manageable matter of wand to tape!
c) Identify the butterfly colors.
d) Count how many butterflies you caught.
e) Set the butterflies free at the end of the activity. If they come back to you…..
Shyamala Shanmugasundaram of Navi Mumbai, India, submitted this activity to The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities. I love it!
Oh yes, this is for your older learners: