Butterfly Symmetry with Crayon Resist

But­ter­flies make the per­fect sub­ject for learning about sym­me­try and they’re a great way to wel­come the spring sea­son. I love dis­play­ing them by putting a cou­ple of sta­ples through the body and pulling the wings out a lit­tle so they look like they’re in flight! It’s fun to let them “fly” off the bul­letin board and onto the sur­round­ing walls, or even right down the hall! Crayon resist but­ter­flies are fun and easy to make:

1. Put up lots of exam­ples of dif­fer­ent shapes and col­ors of but­ter­flies, then let your stu­dents “mix and match” to cre­ate their own.
2. Fold white paper (9x12 or 12x18) in half.
3. On the fold, draw half of your butterfly’s body and one set of wings with pen­cil. Add some inter­est­ing shapes on the wings to be painted later.
4. Trace over your pen­cil lines with black crayon, press­ing hard.
5. Now fold the paper back over your draw­ing and rub with a spoon to trans­fer your draw­ing to the other side of the paper. The trans­ferred image will be faint, so you’ll need to go over it with crayon to make it dis­tinct.
6. Use scis­sors to cut out your but­ter­fly. You can open up the paper to cut it out, or you can fold it back the oppo­site way, so that your draw­ing is on the out­side, then cut on the fold to yield two per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal sides.
7. Next, use water­col­ors to paint your but­ter­fly. Th
e crayon will “resist” the paint. Make sure you use the same col­ors for the equiv­a­lent shapes on the oppo­site side. And don’t use black paint or there won’t be enough con­trast for your crayon to show up!
8. Pipe clean­ers make great anten­nae! After your paint­ing has dried, fold one half of a pipe cleaner in half and use your pen­cil to curl the ends. Then attach it to your but­ter­fly with a cou­ple of sta­ples.
9. A sta­ple or two into your butterfly’s body is all you need to make it “light” on your wall and add a touch of spring­time to your room. You can also attach a smaller ver­sion of this but­ter­fly to the front of a folded card for a fun “3-D” effect!

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3 Responses to Butterfly Symmetry with Crayon Resist

  1. Ms. Julie's Place April 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    But­ter­flies are one of my favorite sym­bols! I use them fre­quently in my own art­work. These boards are beautiful.

  2. Lisa April 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

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    Thanks for your great ideas!

  3. Joi April 24, 2009 at 5:06 am #

    I love these! I am going to be mak­ing these with my chil­dren in the next week. Thank you for sharing.

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