Mini Monets and Mommies: Easter Egg Butterfly Kids' Print-Making Art

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Easter Egg Butterfly Kids' Print-Making Art

Plastic Easter eggs are so much more than candy holders. While the chocolates, jelly beans and other assorted goodies are all together awesome in your child’s eyes, why not reuse the eggs for some artsy activities?

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So, this kids’ craft really started out as bunny art. But, once it got started it morphed into a butterfly. If your child wants to make a bunny (or any other animal), applaud her imagination and encourage her to create her own crop of cute little critters!

Even though this activity is super-simple, it also teaches your child a lesson or two. Take the time to point out the shape that the eggs make (bringing in geometry) and show her how the circles come together to create one picture (the part-to-whole relationship). You can also have her mix the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) into the secondaries (orange, purple and green) with the eggs. Adding a color-mixing focus allows for even more art exploration and includes a pinch of science too!

And now for the art-making…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Plastic Easter egg halves

·        Tempera paint

·        A paint palette – I like to use wax paper. It’s an inexpensive palette that holds the paint well.

·        Cardstock paper

·        Googley eyes

·        Clear-drying school glue

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Pour the paint onto the palette, making golf ball-sized pools.

2.     Open the plastic Easter eggs.

3.     Dip the open end into one of the paint pools.

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4.     Press the paint-covered end of the egg onto the paper, making a circle-shaped print for the butterfly’s face.

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5.     Clean the paint off with a paper towel and dip it into a new color (or use another egg).

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6.     Press the paint onto the paper under the face to make a body.

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7.     Repeat the paint dipping and printing process to create butterfly wings.

8.     Turn the egg over and use the rounded side to mix a few paint colors. Press the colors onto the paper above the head to make the antennas.

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9.     Print a rainbow of colors onto the inside of the butterfly’s wings.

10.   Glue two googley eyes onto the face.

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Are you looking for more Easter crafts for kids? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
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  1. Thanks for sharing at SIS, I'm featuring you this week :D

  2. How cute! So simple too- my favorite kind. haha. Thanks for sharing!