Make Your Own Butterfly

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In this activity (on the left side of page 5, continued on the right side of page 4 of the PDF), learners make models of colorful butterflies. The butterflies are made from pipe cleaners and either colored tissue paper or marker-decorated coffee filters. Using their models, learners can simulate how butterflies flap their wing, and how they use their probosces to draw out sweet nectar from flowers. Flying their creations around allows learners to imagine butterflies burning off energy and then reviving themselves with flower nectar.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Colored tissue paper cut into 4x4 inch squares OR coffee filters and markers


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Energy Flow and Chemical Cycles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Designed specifically for

  • Low literacy level


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Access Rights:

  • Free access