Making a butterfly net is one of the most active butterfly activities you and your kids can participate in together. Once you craft the butterfly net, chase and capture butterflies and other small creatures around the yard or park for examination and study.
This net won't hurt them; they can be safely released. And you'll all be butterfly experts in no time!
What You'll Need:
- Plastic mesh bag (such as the bag onions come in)
- Chenille stems
- Long, sturdy cardboard tube (wrapping paper tubes work well)
- Drawing paper
- Markers or crayons
- Butterfly reference books from the library
How to Make a Butterfly Net:Step 1: Cut the clamp off the end of a mesh onion bag (leave one end clamped). Step 2: Make a rim for the net by fastening 2 chenille stems together by twisting the ends. Thread the stems in and out along the top edge of the mesh bag. When you're finished, secure the ends of the rim with a piece of tape.
Step 3: For a handle, use a very stiff cardboard tube (like the kind found in a roll of wrapping paper). On one end of the tube, cut a slit on each side. Insert the rim of the net into the slits, and tape it in place.
Step 4: Now it's time to go out and explore the natural world. When you find and capture a butterfly, examine it quickly and then draw it.
After you let the butterfly fly to freedom, you can look up the butterfly in a book to determine what type it is and more about it. Collect several pages of drawings, and make your own butterfly book.
The next butterfly activity will teach kids how to attract butterflies to the backyard with a sweet homemade treat. Read how to make Butterfly's Delight Muffins in the next section.