Friday, April 22, 2011

Journey to Easter (Day 5): Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft

On our Journey to Easter, we've used the book Passion Hymns for a Kid's Heart to guide us.  For our final day, I wanted to focus in on the new life we have because of what Jesus did on the cross....and His resurrection!  A wonderful symbol of this new life is found in the butterfly!

(This is a repost, but it fits so perfectly with this idea!  I also recommend a Butterfly Garden if you want to experience this fully!) 

Pom poms
Small wiggly eyes/beads
Coffee filter
Toilet paper tube

1)  Glue pom poms onto a clothespin to make a caterpillar.

2)  Glue on eyes.  I didn't have any wiggly eyes that were small enough, so we substituted beads.

3)  Use markers or watercolor paints to color a coffee filter.

At this point, we oohed and aahed over the caterpillars they created.  The girls went to bed, and I finished these steps.  I thought it would be a fun surprise, but you could have your child do each step themselves.

4)  Scrunch the coffee filter and clip with the clothespin to form butterfly wings.

5)  Place the butterfly in a toilet paper tube.  Tape and wrap a streamer around the tube to form a chrysalis.

The next day, I asked the girls where the caterpillars went.  We "found" the chrysalises and decided the caterpillars must be in them!  Later, I cut a slit in the bottom of the tube and pulled the butterfly out slightly.  The girls helped the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises!

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" -- 2nd Corinthians 5:17



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