Painting Butterflies on the Wall

 

We recently made Painted and Jeweled Butterflies with wooden cutouts. They sparked E’s interest in butterflies, and a few days later, she wanted to paint butterflies on paper.

She asked me to draw an outline for her, and I did. We did this activity on a larger scale and decided to hang the paper on the wall, going back to one of our favorite simple art activities.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

(E was 4 years and 5 months old.)

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Materials for Painting Butterflies on the Wall

  • Paper. {I’ve kept some of the Kraft paper Amazon puts in their boxes and used a few sheets for this activity.}
  • Paint. {We used acrylic paint for the pretty colors but any type of paint will work.}
  • Paintbrush(es).
  • Paper plate or similar for the paint.
  • Sticky tape.
  • Pen, marker or pencil for the outline (optional).

 

I helped E stick the paper to the wall with sticky tape and drew very basic outlines for four butterflies with a pen.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

Finally, I set up a chair with paper towels, paper plates, paint and paintbrushes for her to keep Baby N away from the paint.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

And E was off! She took her time choosing colors and enjoyed painting her butterflies.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

For the second butterfly, she decided to start with the club of the antennae, after leaving them blank on the first one {she later went back and painted them, too}.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

She was kneeling to paint the two butterflies at the bottom of the paper.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

After a while, she started mixing the colors a little for a bit more variety.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

Here, she put one hand each on the butterflies at the top, trying to decide which one to paint next 🙂

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

She picked the one on the right.

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

That was it for her, though – she ended up skipping the last butterfly and said she wanted to save it for another time. Fair enough!

 

Quick and Simple Art Activities for Kids: Painting Butterflies on the Wall!

 

Does your child enjoy painting butterflies? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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