Planning a butterfly unit study or looking for fun activities to do with your kids? These free printables are a great way to integrate art into a butterfly themed unit.
Read on to learn how to turn basic butterfly coloring pages into fun activities for your kids!
How to Use these Printables
There are many ways to use these printables with your kids. They make a great addition to an at home science center or butterfly unit study.
Even older kids can use field guides and books to color in the butterflies to match real butterflies they see outside.
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- How to Use these Printables
- Printable PDF Downloads
- Butterfly Coloring Pages
- Butterfly Matching Games
- Match the Two Halves
- Color Matching Butterflies
- Butterfly Memory Game
- Simple Butterfly Craft for Kids
- Additional Butterfly Learning Resources
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly Printables
- Butterfly Books for Kids
- Related Posts
In this post, I will show you how your kids can create easy butterfly themed sorting activities and a simple butterfly paper craft.
All of these activities require minimum supplies, may that you may already have at home!
Printable PDF Downloads
Check out the bottom of this post for directions on how to download the butterfly printables.
Also, make sure to add a comment at the end of the post sharing how you learn about butterflies with your kids!
I love hearing about your ideas in the comments below.
Butterfly Coloring Pages
These printable coloring sheets are the perfect template for butterfly themed activities.
What I like about using butterfly outlines is that kids can color them in using a variety of art supplies.
Your little ones can even come up with their own butterfly paper crafts using these butterfly coloring pages.
- watercolor paints
- colored pencils
- watercolor pencils
- oil pastels
The butterfly coloring sheet below was painted in using pearlescent watercolor paints.
The metallic sheer makes them shimmer in the light. Pearl crayons are another great choice if you are looking for a low mess craft.
A great way to enjoy the warm weather is to color these printables outside. Bring along a clipboard along with some art supplies.
What better way to learn about butterflies than to observe them in their natural habitat!
I don't know about you, but I always feel more creative when I do art projects outside.
Butterfly Matching Games
Turn the cute butterfly coloring page into an interactive matching game for your young kids.
Toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners love matching games. These three games are super simple and easy to make.
However, even older children can make matching games using these printables. Crafting and creating is fun for kids of all ages.
I recommend printing them off on cardstock instead of plain printer paper. You can cut them out free hand using scissors or by using a paper cutter.
Match the Two Halves
First, print off then color each of the butterflies a different color. After cutting out the individual butterflies, cut them in half.
Lay the cards on a flat surface and scramble them up. Little kids can then match the two sides to create the complete butterfly.
To make it easier to cut out, you can cut out a large square instead of the exact butterfly outline.
Plus, it makes it easier for little kids to help out with the cutting.
Little kids will have so much fun matching up the two halves of the butterfly templates. A great addition to an at home science center.
Color Matching Butterflies
A second way, is to print off multiple butterfly coloring pages. Then color two butterflies the same.
After cutting them out, young kids can match the butterflies together.
Butterfly Memory Game
To create a memory matching game, use the directions from the second option. Then simply flip the cards over.
If you can see the color through the back, attach each butterfly to plain card stock or construction paper. The card stock will block the color from showing through the back side of the card.
Young kids can then flip the cards over to try to find the matching pairs. I find kids are more invested in a game if they helped create it in some way.
Letting them color in the butterflies and even cutting them out, is a great way to get them involved.
Simple Butterfly Craft for Kids
Crafting is a fun way to explore new topics with kids. Crafting is great way to learn about butterflies.
For this craft you will need to print off a copy of the free butterfly template available at the bottom of this post.
Next, have your kids use art supplies to color in the free printable butterfly template. Color them to match or create two unique butterflies!
In the example below, watercolor pencils were used to color in the butterfly wings.
However, kids can use crayons, markers, watercolor paint, or any other art supply.
- Print off the free template
- Color them in using art supplies
- Cut out each butterfly shape
- Use tape to attach the craft stick to the back of the butterfly
Helpful Hints: print off the butterflies on cardstock instead of plain printer paper. Cardstock holds up better when making a craft project than regular paper.
An alternative method is to attach a wooden clothespin to the back of the butterfly instead of a craft stick.
Paper butterfly clips can then be clipped around the yard or house!
Which ever method you choose to use, your kids will have a great time using scissors, coloring, painting, and crafting while practicing fine motor skills.
Additional Butterfly Learning Resources
Life Cycle of a Butterfly Printables
Learn about the metamorphasis of a butterfly with these life cycle of a butterfly worksheets and printables.
Learning about life cycles is a fun way to get kids interested in studying bugs and insects.
Free printable life cycle of a butterfly worksheets and printable cards can be found in that post.
Butterfly Books for Kids
Pair any of these activities with butterfly children's books. Illustrations can teach as much as the text in picture books.
All of these books have large illustrations and are educational.
I personally went through all of the books on the list and they are wonderful learning resources for kids. Your kids can color in the printable butterflies using the books as inspiration.
Make sure to check out these additional posts for kids of all ages:
These worksheets were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only in your home or classroom. See full disclosure. All of these free butterfly printables are for non-commercial use. Have questions, send me an email at julie (at) natureinspiredlearning (dot) com