I hear that spring is trying its utmost to pop out in north america this week but my poor friends are still posting pictures of snow! oh dear, I really hope they get some lovely spring time soon!
Here in Ecuador we are in the rainy season which means it is either raining, threatening to rain or the day is oddly sunny. We took advantage of this lovely sunny day and the HUGE growth of marigolds (because of the rain) to play a bit.
With some Butterfly Art!
These are rather simple to make and you can basically decorate them with just about anything. I folded the card in half and cut half a shape out on the fold to open out into a butterfly shape.
Now here is where the fine motor skills come in. Using those glitter pens is tricky and with the help of her older brother (4) my toddler (20 months) was able to make her own butterfly and decorate it with glitter glue, which she landed up using a paint brush for, as well as googly eyes and various shiny stars.
We let the butterflies dry and what do you know.. it rained. So the next day we took our butterflies outside to play with. After studying the real ones the kids decided their little art butterflies would look very good and had work to do in the flowers as well.
Even my toddler thought this a fabulous plan from the 4 year old and proceeded to have her butterfly land on some rocket (arugula). It took a bit of balancing.
I think these flowers are rather pretty with their blue shiny butterfly friends.
Oh and the butterfly landed on her head. She had a good giggle at that one!
These are the real butterflies that were flying around!
We had so much fun with this combination activity. We practiced sharing and helping, fine motor skills, painting, gluing, patience with the rain 😉 and had some lovely sun while pretend playing!
Are you looking for some more awesome fine motor skill activities?
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- DIY Wind Car: Science Lesson & Fine Motor Fun from Stir the Wonder
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