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I wanted to be sure I followed up on my post the other day, Smiles and Butterflies, so you can see the finished product.  We painted on coffee filters with watercolors and then morphed them into butterflies.  I think they came out awesome.



Don't you love it?  I just pleated the coffee filter like a fan, pinched the middle and then wrapped half a pipe cleaner around it.  Leave a little for antennae!  It made such a big difference from just a plain colored coffee filter.  Now it feels like a little work of art, and it continues our theme of anxiously awaiting spring.  We gave them as gifts to my sister and niece for their birthdays, and now my mom has an order in for one for Mother's Day.  A simple, great way to make someone's day!  Thanks for the idea, Tricia!


Teachable moment idea:  as you're transforming the coffee filter into a butterfly, you can talk to your kids about metamorphosis.  You could even pull out Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar for reference.  Jax was hardly intrigued by the folding of the filter, which was the most exciting part, so it would not have been a very useful lesson for me, but I think an older preschool kid would get a big kick out of it!  Let me know if you give it a try!

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