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Toddler Art Butterfly

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butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art

Toddlers love to paint and you can quickly accumulate a stack of their works of art and not know what to do with them all. You'd be surprised how many ideas there are beyond just sticking them on the fridge.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art
Onion print and string painting artwork my toddler did at nursery

Something that's lovely to make is a butterfly. An older sibling could help make it as great activity for children of different ages to do together. Alternatively you could also use bright wrapping paper or even sheets from a colourful magazine.

Time: 15 minutes (just to make the butterfly, painting time extra)
Age: Any Age
Level: Medium

Sheet of A4 paper with a colourful design
Long pipe cleaner

Fold the A4 sized paper accordion style, starting with the narrow end.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art
Fold like an accordion or concertina

Once it's fully folded, cut two triangles into the centre but make sure they don't reach each other or you will cut the butterfly in half.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art
Cut the triangles into the centre to make a narrow section

Fold a pipe cleaner in half.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art

Slip the folded paper between the pipe cleaner.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art

Twist the pipe cleaner just below and above the centre where the cut out triangles make a narrow point.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art

Unfurl the wings on each side.
Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner almost into a circle to make the antennae.

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art

butterfly, accordian style, pipe cleaner, toddler art

You could make lots of these in different sizes and colours and decorate a bedroom.

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