Visit a butterfly garden and create your own creatures
August 11, 2009
Even though the kids go back to school soon, in the whirl of shopping and preparation there's still time for some fun crafts and activities.
One inexpensive and educational activity can involve a trip to a butterfly garden. Many botanic gardens, local parks or museums feature a space where visitors can get up close to lots of varieties of butterflies, so check the internet for local details.
Try to take pictures of the insects, making sure you capture your kids' favorites. If this is too difficult, you can all look them up in a book together at home or purchase postcards after the exhibit.
Next you'll need to gather craft materials such as paper, glue, pens, paints, glitter and string because each child will actually make his or her own butterfly. Remember to cover the art area with a plastic sheet or newspaper as things might get messy.
Older kids may want to draw their own shapes but for the younger boys and girls, you may want to provide butterfly cutouts. Help them get the colors close to that of the original.
When the paints and glue has dried, help kids display their new creations on the fridge, in their rooms or if they like, on bushes outside!