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12 Easy Butterfly Crafts for Kids

Updated April 7, 2024

Are you looking for spring or summer butterfly crafts for kids?

Today I’m sharing 10+ of my favorite butterfly crafts that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers!


butterfly crafts for kids

Most kids are fascinated with butterflies.

Can you blame them?

The pretty insects’ wings look painted almost, and there is loads of variety possible.

Little ones will love making these 12 butterfly crafts for kids.


12 Butterfly Crafts for Kids

Fluttering Butterfly Wristbands by Homan at Home

These butterfly wristbands are a perfect craft for kids.

Coloring them up is a blast, but running around while they flutter their wings is even more fun.

This craft is an excellent activity for toddlers and preschoolers as it combines simple arts and crafts skills like coloring, cutting, and gluing with active play.


butterfly crafts for kids


Painted Butterfly Doily Craft by A Little Pinch of Perfect

Who knew that paper doilies could make such great butterflies?

Tie-dye style coloration on the doilies creates perfect butterfly wings.

This craft encourages creativity and fine motor skills, making it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

butterfly crafts for kids


Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft by Two Kids and a Coupon

These toilet paper roll butterflies are ridiculously cute.

The bright, smiling butterflies are sure to be a favorite when the kids make them.

I love crafts that use recyclables and common household items!

I don’t know about you but I hate when I don’t have the items on hand when I find a fun project for the kids.

butterfly crafts for kids



Thumbprint Butterfly Craft for Kids by Simply Full of Delight

This template lends the grass to this amazing craft. Butterflies are made with fingerprints and they could not be cuter.

This activity is particularly suitable for toddlers and preschoolers as it encourages them to explore textures and colors while enhancing their fine motor skills and creativity.

butterfly crafts for kids


Butterfly Stick Puppet by Simple Everyday Mom

Stick-figure puppets are so much fun to make.

The included template means these butterflies are easy to make so kids will love playing with them.

 This project is excellent for toddlers and preschoolers, promoting fine motor skills through cutting, coloring, and assembly with adult guidance.

The result is a playful puppet that can inspire stories and performances!

butterfly crafts for kids


 Melted Crayon Butterflies by Barley & Birch

The melted crayons add a vivid burst of color to these butterflies’ wings.

The mirroring technique lends them a lot of visual appeal.

butterfly crafts for kids



Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft by Kids Activity Zone

Using coffee filters here add a really interesting look.

The way liquids diffuse through them makes colors bleed around in really pretty ways.

This craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers with adult supervision, especially in the coloring and folding stages, enhancing fine motor skills and creativity.

butterfly crafts for kids


Butterfly Colouring Pages by Picklebums

These butterfly coloring pages are perfect when kids want a nice, easy project to make that will still give them plenty of room for creativity.

Simple coloring sheets let kids color the wings of the butterflies to invent their designs.

This craft is not only a fantastic way for kids to express their creativity and practice fine motor skills but also provides a gentle introduction to concepts like symmetry and pattern recognition.

It’s an activity that can be adapted for various ages, making it suitable for both toddlers and preschoolers with the right support, such as helping them with ideas for designs or managing art supplies​

butterfly crafts for kids



Butterfly Craft by Wonder in His World

This butterfly craft uses colored construction paper, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and plastic spoons.

These supplies allow kids to make something different from any other butterfly crafts around.

The use of common household items makes it accessible and encourages creativity and imaginative play.

With a little guidance, even toddlers can enjoy this craft, making it a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn about butterflies while engaging in a fun project​

butterfly crafts for kids


Free Printable Butterfly Suncatcher by Artsy Fartsy Mama

Print the included template, and grab some colored pencils for this butterfly craft.

After coloring, turn the pretty butterfly into a suncatcher, to brighten up the room.

This craft is great for kids of all ages.

butterfly crafts for kids


Butterfly Handprint Craft by Mommy Made That

Using handprints to create the butterflies’ wings creates a unique keepsake for parents to treasure.

And kids will love covering their hands in paint, as well.

This craft is excellent for kids of all ages, including toddlers and preschoolers, allowing them to engage directly with paint and create a keepsake that captures a moment in time.

butterfly crafts for kids


Butterfly Symmetry Painting by Little Ladoo

Symmetry painting is a really neat way of creating things.

Painting one side and then doubling them over allows for perfect sets of butterfly wings that are wildly varied.

This activity is not only artistic and enjoyable but also educational, introducing children to the concept of symmetry in a hands-on way.

It’s suitable for all ages, including toddlers, with guidance for a mess-free creative experience​



Additional butterfly activities for toddlers and preschoolers

  1. Butterfly Observation Journals: Encourage kids to observe butterflies in nature or at a butterfly conservatory and draw or write about their observations.
  2. Butterfly Lifecycle Activities: Simple projects like creating a butterfly lifecycle wheel or rearing butterflies from caterpillars to teach about metamorphosis.
  3. Butterfly-themed Outdoor Games: Like “flutter like a butterfly” tag or a butterfly scavenger hunt.
  4. Insect Sensory Bin IdeasSpring and summer bug sensory play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.
  5. Bumblebee Activities For Kids: Fun bumblebee activities for toddlers.


butterfly crafts for kids



Butterfly books for toddlers and preschoolers

Here are five more wonderful books about butterflies that are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers:

  1. Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors” by Petr Horáček – A vibrant story about a little girl’s search for a beautiful butterfly, introducing young readers to a variety of colors and creatures in the garden.
  2. From Caterpillar to Butterfly” by Deborah Heiligman – Part of the “Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science” series, this book explains the life cycle of a butterfly in a simple, engaging way.
  3. National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly” by Laura Marsh – Offers fascinating facts about butterflies, catered to young children with stunning photographs.
  4. “Ten Magic Butterflies” by Danica McKellar is a charming story that combines fairy-tale magic with educational concepts, teaching children about counting in a fun, engaging way.


butterfly crafts for kids



  • Sue Winters RN

    Sue Winters, RN - Co-Founder of Maternity Comfort Solutions Sue combines 20 years of nursing with a rich background in early childhood education. Co-founder of Maternity Comfort Solutions, her articles provide creative toddler activities and practical tips on pregnancy nutrition and baby shower planning, embodying her commitment to supporting families through early parenthood.

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