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Clothespin Butterfly – Take & Make Craft for Kids

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This month’s Kids Take and Make Craft is a clothespin butterfly. Butterflies are herbivores that eat plants and leaves. These insects have been around for over 56 million years and have three separate body parts and six legs. Egg, larvae, pupa, and adult are the four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly. 

Let’s make a clothespin butterfly craft! 

Clothespin Butterfly 

Materials Provided: 

  • 1 Clothespin
  • 2 Sticker Eyes 
  • 4 Pompoms 
  • 1 Piece of Tissue Paper 

Materials Needed: 

  • Glue 



Step 1: Gather materials needed. 

Supplies: pompoms, clothespin and sticker eyes

Step 2: Put a sticker on one pompom.  You may need to glue sticker on.  

Sticker eye on one pompom

Step 3: Glue 4 pompoms on the clothespin.  Let the glue dry for several hours.  

Four pompoms glued to clothespin

Step 4: Pinch the tissue paper in half.  Squeeze the clothes pin and put the tissue paper inside.  Spread out the tissue paper to make the wings. ENJOY! 

Tissue paper next to pompons on clothespinPinching the tissue paper with clothespinAssembled butterfly

Check out caterpillar and butterfly materials through the Library. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

Butterfly, Butterfly [a Book Of Colors] by Petr Horacek 

Butterfly by Louise Spilsbury 

The Life Cycle of A Butterfly by Bobbie Kalman 

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman 

The Prince Of Butterflies by Bruce Coville 

Check out these websites to learn more about butterflies and caterpillars! 

Learn about Butterflies and Moths at The Children’s Butterfly Site. 

Learn about the Butterfly through the San Diego Zoo. 

Learn about  The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Its Life Cycle through National Geographic. 

Read why Kids like Caterpillars through the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 

Watch How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly through Sci Show Kids! on YouTube. 

Learn about the Butterfly Life Cycle from The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. 

Watch an Interactive Lesson about the Butterfly from PBS Learning Media.