A great art project for kids is drawing butterflies.  I used this project when I was teaching public school art and the kids loved it and would ask to make multiple ones. The supplies are simple:


  • 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper or drawing paper ( can also works well with colored construction paper
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • crayons or markers
  • scissors
  • watercolor paints (optional)

You can use white or colored paper but if using watercolor, thicker paper works better. Copy paper is generally too thin for using watercolors unless careful attention is paid to the amount of water that is added to the paint before applying it.



Use the pattern shown by saving the image to your hard drive and then printing or if the child wants to draw their own that is fine. The paper can be folded in half with the center of the butterfly lined up on the fold.

Cut out with scissors.

Look at these photos of butterflies to get ideas if desired.

Decorate with crayons, markers or paint.  If painted, details can be added with crayons or markers after dry.

When finished fold in half along the bug part of the butterfly.  Hold at the crease and move your hand up and down.  This will cause the wings of the butterfly to flutter.






The Free Kids Art And Reading Online Challenge will continue through July 31. Five days a week there will be an activity and all those that participate can upload photos to my author illustrator page on FaceBook.  Participation can be random or on a regular basis, but prizes will be awarded for the top five participants with the most photos of their weekly projects uploaded to my FaceBook page.  The prizes will be $25.00 gift cards to Michael’s Arts and Craft Stores. Prizes will be announced on August 7 and mailed immediately.  I also will offer other reviews of books and apps for children through the summer here on my blog.  Be sure to bookmark this page for the links and sign up for my mailing list. If you have any questions please post them as a comment to this blog. Please share this blog and info and get ready to have some fun!

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