Show that you know butterfly anatomy—and line symmetry! Sculpt a clay butterfly that is fragile, beautiful, and realistic.
Find out about butterfly life cycles and anatomy. Choose one species to make, or imagine your own colorful creature. Will your butterfly be flying, resting, or getting ready to take off? With Crayola® Air-Dry Clay, you can pose your butterfly any way you wish.
On a clean, dry surface, use your fingers or a rolling pin to flatten a tangerine-size ball of clay. Cut out two identical wings with a safe tool such as a craft stick or clean yogurt cup lid.
Roll a small piece of clay for the body. Lightly scratch the edges of where the wings and body will meet with a toothpick. Dampen areas with a slightly wet finger and press together. Use the same technique make and attach antennae and other body parts.
If you like, embellish your butterfly with small bits of clay. Etch the wings with a toothpick. Add a second set of wings to make your butterfly look like it is flying. Smooth out any rough areas with a damp finger. Air-dry your butterfly for at least 48 hours.
Cover your art table with newspaper. Carefully paint your butterfly with Crayola Tempera Paint and Brushes. Air-dry each color and rinse your brushes before changing to another color.
Handle your butterfly sculptures with care! They are fragile just like real ones. Why not create a colorful science display for other classes in your school to enjoy?
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