Read “Waiting for Wings” and Make Coffee Filter Butterflies

Creative Wednesdays

The little ones I care for absolutely love making butterflies out of coffee filters. It’s one of the best boredom busters ever as they want to do this over and over for hours of fun. Plus, it is fascinating to learn how a worm-like caterpillar turn into a delicate creature with wings reading Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert.

Every spring, butterflies emerge and dazzle the world with their vibrant beauty. But where do butterflies come from? How are they born? What do they eat — and how?

With a simple, rhyming text and glorious color-drenched collage, Lois Ehlert provides clear answers to these and other questions as she follows the life cycle of four common butterflies, from their beginnings as tiny hidden eggs and hungry caterpillars to their transformation into full-grown butterflies in Waiting for Wings.

You can purchase the book and supplies needed to make coffee filter butterflies by clicking the links in this article or by clicking here to visit my storefront.

Here is how to make the Coffee Filter Butterflies:

You Will Need:

Large Coffee Filters
Dot Markers
Clothespins
Pipe Cleaners or Chenille Stems

What to Do:

1. Have the kids color the coffee filters with dot markers and let them dry.

2. Pinch the middle of the coffee filter and clip with a clothes pin.

3. Fold a pipe cleaner in half or cut a piece of chenille stem about 2-inches long and fold it in half. Secure it with the clothes pin to create antenna.

4. Spread the wings. We clipped the wings with a scissor to help the wings spread out nicely. Let the kids play with the butterflies or hang them as decorations in their bedrooms or playrooms.

Waiting for Wings

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