Saturday, February 14, 2009


I know that we have to wait a little while longer for Spring. But we just checked out a really cute butterfly book from the library, and we surely got inspired.BOOKS: This week at the library, we were in a rush. Perhaps you've been in the same boat... cranky, tired, and hungry two-year-old and a crying baby. Usually, I head into the library with titles, authors, or at least subjects in mind. But this week, there was no time. I grabbed books with colorful and cute covers and hoped for the best. We were very pleased with one choice called Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek. It's a simple story of a little girl exploring in her garden. But the illustrations with die-cut bugs and a surprising pop-up butterfly at the end are really vibrant and fun. We paired this read with a few of Eric Carle's from our home collection. My 14 month-old loves poking his fingers through the pages of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and my almost three-year-old likes the conversation in The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard.ACTIVITY: Coffee Filter Butterfly -- This is a classic idea that you'll find in almost any kids' craft book or online resource. But I can't stress how easy this is and how great it is that both of my little boys can do it together. Some variations use watercolor paints or food coloring for the wings and clothespins for the body. But this time, we took our direction from another blog called Sycamore Stirrings.

First the boys colored the coffee filters with washable markers. Then they dripped water on them
so the colors blended together. And we hung them up to dry.After they dried, we simply pinched them in the middle and tied a pipe cleaner around them to form the body and antennae. Easy and cute!

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