Eric Carle Inspired Butterfly Collage Art

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kids love to paint, especially when there are no rules.  This art project, inspired by Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is perfect for little ones to be creative and make something beautiful in the process.

  • washable paint in assorted colors
  • paint/marker paper or drawing paper (at least 2 or 3 sheets per person)
  • various textures and painting utensils (we used paintbrushes in a variety of sizes, feathers, foam brush, sponges and toothbrushes)
  • scissors
  • glue or glue stick
  • construction paper
  • crayons, markers or colored pencils

Choose a painting utensil (or several) and a variety of paint colors and let your imagination run wild.  Yes, it is really that simple.  The more carefree and colorful, the better. You can mix colors, splatter, swirl, sponge...the possibilities are endless. 

Once your done, allow the paper to dry and repeat at least 1-2 more sheets.  When all sheets have dried, cut out shapes for wings, the butterfly body and any accents you want to add.

Arrange and glue the pieces on a piece of construction paper.  You can also add a face, antennae, and legs to complete your butterfly, if you wish. 

Have Fun!

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  1. very cute, love the colors!

  2. What a beautiful project! Absolutely love the colors...I'm all about color. And you are right, whether you are an adult or child, painting with no rules is always more fun. Pinned :-).

  3. Wow, those turned out beautifully!

    I would love it if you would come link up on our Artsy Play Wednesday kids' craft linky.

    1. I'd love to check it out, thanks!

    2. Thanks for linking up. Pinned to our group board.

  4. How beautiful!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  5. This is gorgeous!! We are featuring your post tomorrow on Share It Saturday. Our features theme this week is Learning Through Play The MESSY Way. And your post is perfect for it :) We LOVE your ideas! See you again on Share It Saturday!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts