From the caterpillar to the
IDENTIFY parts of this project
1. Can you see the difference?
Black solid line
Gray solid line
(Note: The black and gray lines should look different whether or not
you print on a color printer or most black and white printers. This
may not be true if you just print one and use a black and white copy
2 .With your finger,
Trace (Show) the heavy black line for cutting the wings before you start.
Have the children do the same by running their finger all around the
outline of the butterfly wings. (Should I cut here?)
3. NOW color the butterfly wings
using the solid gray lines as your guide. (For coloring, just ignore
the dotted and dashed lines,) Or get the already colored version.
4 Color the butterfly body
(caterpillar) either yellow, light green or orange. (If you have the
colored version, skip coloring the caterpillar and go on )
5. Cut out the whole butterfly
body BOX (caterpillar)
and draw lots of tiny legs or feet coming off the caterpillar. (you
can do this on the precolored version too)
Discuss that God changes this caterpillar into the butterfly
- How? We really don't know. That is one of God's great secrets. (It's
a little miracle!) See MIRACLE information after butterfly instructions.
6 FOLD BUTTERFLY WINGS BEFORE CUTTING
(This makes the folding MUCH easier to do it now
as you can see the dot and dashed lines extend beyond the entire butterfly
and through wing parts)
Children who aggressively color with marker can soak the paper. **Try
to have the butterfly wings "dry" before folding.
6A. for PRESCHOOL K
Easy "Fanfold" the wings - which means fold ON all the dashed
lines first. Then bring the folds of any 2 dashed lines together, tucking
in the paper that is between them.
This will automatically make an inside fold on the dotted
line between them.
EITHER From the back of the wings, press together the paper between
OR just press the paper flat between the dashed line fold
REPEAT the process for all the dashed and dotted lines
6 B for GRADE 1-3
"Fanfold" the wings - (accordion fold) starting at the top
of the wings make a fold ON the top dashed line.
Hold the paper up to the light and look from the back to see the dotted
line. Fold the dotted line from the back.
Go back to the front side of the paper and and fold ON the next dashed
line. Repeat the process for all fold lines.
|6A Folding on all the dashed lines
||6B Fanfold (actually both methods
will end up looking like this.)
7. Cut out the butterfly wings on the heavy solid
This is a very "forgiving" cutting outline as it is already
jagged, it is not important to cut exactly on the lines. Watch children
carefully or help where upper wing and lower wing meet. It is better
to pull out the scissors when you get "In" as far as possible,
and start in again for the next cut from the other line. There are arrows
on the page to show you. Refold to crispen the folds.
|7 Cut out the butterfly wings
8. Put glue on both places marked glue
9. Metamorphosis: Cut out the
butterfly body (caterpillar) from the box on the heavy line which
means cut off the legs/feet you have drawn. If you have colored the
butterfly body (caterpillar) RECOLOR it again a dark color.
is part of the change.
OPTION: IF you have colored peas or beads or sequins,
you can glue special eyes on your butterfly head now.
9. Put the butterfly body over the glue with it's
head to the top. Pat where the glue is. Let dry.