By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
This week is all about butterflies at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
Ages: preschool & up.
Materials: 9” X 12” piece of construction paper, stamp pads with colored ink or assorted colors of tempera paint and markers.
Look at pictures of butterflies.
Choose a piece of paper.
Press your thumb onto a stamp pad or into a small puddle of paint.
Press your thumb on the paper four times to create the wings of a butterfly.
Use markers to add a body and antennae.
Create a picture around your butterflies. Add more insects.
You can begin this project by sharing a book about butterflies with your child. Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek is a wonderful picture book that introduces the child to colors in addition to butterflies. Following are some fun butterfly facts to share with your child:
- Butterflies range in size from 1/8 inch to almost 12 inches wide.
- There are about 24,000 species of butterflies
- Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps moisture inside their bodies.
- Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
- Butterflies can fly as fast as 12 miles per hour.
- Monarch butterflies journey over 2,000 miles from the Great Lakes to spend the winter in the Gulf of Mexico. They return north again in the spring.
- Most butterflies have a short life span, but some do live for 9-10 months.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF PHOENIX
The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.