by Meredith Brustlin, CMNH Educator
I love this art activity. It’s easy to do with items you probably already have at home. It’s such an interesting and fun process-art activity that your young artists will probably want to try it again and again and again!
- White basket coffee filters
- Washable markers
- A binder clip
- A pencil/straw/craft stick
- Small pieces of colorful paper or pipe cleaners
- Give each young artist a coffee filter and invite them to create a circular design on it using washable markers
- Once finished, fold the coffee into a triangle
- Attach a binder clip to the top/wide end of the triangle
- Slide a pencil through the top of the binder clip
- Put a tiny bit of water into a glass or jar
- Place the triangle in the jar
- The pencil will help to hold the triangle in place across the top of the cup or jar so that it does not fall in
- There should be JUST enough water that the tip of the triangle is barely touching
- Watch closely as the water climbs up the coffee filter triangle!
- What happens to the designs?!
- When the water has climbed all the way up, carefully remove the pencil and binder clip and unfold your triangle
- Place it on a drying rack and let it to dry fully
- This should take about 20 minutes
Assemble your butterflies!
- Scrunch the coffee filter up to make wings
- Clip a clothespin in the middle to make the bod
- Add small pieces of colorful paper to the top to make some antennae
- Draw a happy face on your butterfly!