3-D Butterfly Project and President's Day Directed Drawing

I was going through my flash drive and found some pictures of projects my class made long before I blogged :)

Please note that these were taken back before I had a decent camera.  The sole purpose for these pictures was for me to remember my past activities.  (I never noticed how warped my old camera made my pictures look.)
I fell in love with these the moment I saw them!  This project was NOT my idea.  It was created by a teacher named Mrs. Don and I found it via The Second Grade Teacher's Club.  I really wish she blogged because she has some amazing ideas!

The pictures I found did not have any directions on how to make them, so I improvised.  Want to make them?  Read below to find out how I made them:

Getting your butterflies:
Find butterfly clip art via Google Images. I just searched for "butterfly black and white" and tons of images popped up.  I fit about 6-9 butterflies on each sheet.  Then print them on transparencies. You can then cut them out or have the students can cut them out. 

Directions for your students:
1. Paint the blue and green with tempera paint on white construction paper.
2. Use brown tissue paper to make mountains. 
3. Use cotton to make clouds.
4. Pick 3 or 4 butterflies.  (I made some butterflies large, medium and small.)
5. Color the butterflies with sharpies and let them dry.
6.  Fold the butterflies in half and glue them down with a generous amount of glue.
7. Add details. 
8.  Write about butterflies.

This project did take a bit of time, you might want to do the process over a couple of days.

Another project I found in my pre-blogging pictures is this one:
It's a directed drawing from an OLD Evan Moore book.  

I did some searching via Pinterest and found this print out is now available digitally at TeacherFileBox.  Click below to view it the link:

I can't wait to make those butterflies with my first graders this year!  We are going to Butterfly Wonderland soon and it would be the perfect project to wrap up our study.


  1. Your kiddos always do such a wonderful job. LOVE the presidents!
    My Second Sense

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