Spring Butterfly Art and Garden Play

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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!

all in one play Spring Butterfly Art and Garden Play

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.Spring Butterfly Art and Garden Play

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.
Spring Butterfly on plant

I think these flowers are rather pretty with their blue shiny butterfly friends.

Blue and shiny Spring Butterflies

Oh and the butterfly landed on her head. She had a good giggle at that one!
playing with butterflies

These are the real butterflies that were flying around!

butterfly in the garden

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!

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