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Butterfly craft: The Very Hungry Butterfly

bubble wrap butterfly craft for kids

A few weeks ago we were reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and made a caterpillar from bottle tops. He’s been sitting in a jar ever since and my  4 year old keeps looking at the jar and telling me how disappointed he is that the caterpillar hasn’t changed into a butterfly.

I thought we would make a colourful butterfly and hopefully make my son happy.

You will need:
cardboard tube
bubble wrap
double sided sticky tape
paint and paint brush
tray or large lid

I covered the cardboard tube with a layer of bubble wrap which was held in place with double sided sticky tape.

bubble wrap printing

My son chose a couple of tubes of paint which he squirted in lines on the inside of a lid (this was to contain the paint more than anything).

bubble wrap printing

Then he carefully rolled our bubble wrap tube in the paint and rolled it onto the paper. He did this a couple of times.

bubble wrap printing

When the paint had dried I drew a butterfly shape on the paper and cut it out , then we taped pipecleaners on for feelers. Thankfully my son loves the new butterfly and his very colourful wings.

bubble wrap printing

I think he may have enjoyed printing with bubble wrap too so look out for lots more paintings!


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    May 13, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Oh my goodness-what a fantastic idea! I love it! I can see myself reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar at story time tonight and doing this craft with my daughter tomorrow. Brilliant! 🙂

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    Jen aka The Mad House
    May 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    That is beautiful and I love the idea of taping the bubble wrap to the rolling pin

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    May 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    looks fantastic! We love using bubble wrap and paint 🙂

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    May 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I love this – your butterfly is beautiful x x

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    mellissa williams
    May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I love this book, it’s fabulous for little ones. Great colourful craft activity!

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    VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    May 13, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    This is such a wonderful idea and a great way to upcycle bubble wrap. Pinned!

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    May 13, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! So cute, thanks for sharing x

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    May 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    We always seem to have bubble wrap in the house…what a great project! I’m going to try this (outside) tomorrow, I’m sure the boys will love it!

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    Kate Thompson
    May 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    What a brilliant idea! This looks really effective. I love that book 🙂

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    May 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    What a great idea. I always remember learning about symmetry painting a butterfly as a kid.

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    May 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Oh wow what a great idea to use bubblewrap! Have plenty in the house so may try this! Girls would love it.

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    May 13, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    What a great idea, the butterfly looks lovely x

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    May 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    What a great idea to use bubblewrap! We have plenty in the house, may try this as the girls would love it!

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    May 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    This is fab! The boys have been making cress caterpillars at nursery so this would definitely float their boats!

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    Vicky (@aroundandupsidedown)
    May 14, 2014 at 2:11 am

    What a fantastic way to use bubble wrap to make cool colours and textures for your beautiful butterfly. Way to think outside the box 🙂

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    40 Year Old Domestic Goddess
    May 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    What a beautiful idea, am sharing this with a friend of mine who runs a local playschool xx

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    May 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    what a brilliant idea. My daughter loves butterflies

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    May 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I like the idea of painting with a bubble wrap. It sounds different.

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    May 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Love making butterflies and the affect on these is really pretty

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    May 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    i LOVE this idea. My girls love that story. It will always stick with me as my eldest used to call it “the hunty hatter hatter”! x

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    Fritha Strickland
    May 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    so cute! Wilf would love to try this! x

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