These Sun Catcher Butterflies are a quick and easy craft your child will love. These are a really fun way to brighten up your home while working on your child’s fine motor and cognitive skills!
The best thing about this craft? You most likely already have everything you need to do this with your kid in your kitchen!
Items Needed to Make Butterfly Sun Catchers
- Coffee Filters (buy here)
- Food Dye (buy here)
- Eye Droppers (buy here)
- Craft Tray (buy here)
For ours we used super large coffee filters, but any size will work.
How to Make Coffee Filter Butterflies
Setting up this craft provides a lot of opportunities for your little ones to help. I had my kids set up most of the supplies while I drew and cut out the butterflies. If your child has decent scissor skills they could easily set up this entire craft themselves.
To start I drew out the butterflies on to the coffee filters. To make a butterfly I simply drew two B shapes and connected them.
Since I used a really large coffee filter made for crafting I was able to fit a couple of butterflies on to one sheet. Once I had a couple drawn up, I cut them out.
Since we wanted to use this activity to explore color mixing I had my kids make up three cups of colored water while cut out the butterflies – the primary colors: blue, yellow, and red. Once everything was ready to go I simply stood back and let my kids do their thing.
They tested what colors created other colors. What happened if the distance from which the colors were dropped changed. How much liquid could each coffee filter handle. And so much more!
This activity did not last us long, but it definitely was a fun one that was packed with exploration and learning. Plus, it turned out absolutely beautiful! We hung ours up using plain scotch tape and they stayed on our windows for two months before I took them down due to fading. We loved this!
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