July 24, 2009

Butterfly Wings

The Book
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

Are you familiar with illustrator and author Ehlert? You are if you've ever read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Children love her distinctive, colorful illustrations, and I have to admit, so do I! In Waiting for Wings, three different eggs hatch to become different types of caterpillars and then transform into butterflies. The book is oversized and contains partial pages inside that match the larger image of lush foliage. As you turn these smaller pages, you watch the caterpillars make their journey from caterpillar to colorful butterfly. The back of the book contains information on a few types of butterflies and how to recognize them as caterpillars. It also suggests how to start your own butterfly garden.

The Craft - MYO Stickers

I got this idea from Monarch Magic, which is a nice science and activity book about monarch butterflies that school-aged children would enjoy. We created butterfly stickers, but you could create any stickers you wish, just cut out the shape of your choice.

What you'll need:
  1. paper
  2. scissors
  3. markers
  4. flavored gelatin
The steps:
  1. Fold a paper in half and draw a half-butterfly shape (or a B if you want you want to continue practicing your B's).
  2. Cut - or have your child cut - along the line and open to reveal your butterfly shape.
  3. Color with markers
  4. Mix 1 tablespoon of flavored gelatin with 1 tablespoon of boiling water until dissolved. Allow to cool but not harden. Brush onto the back of the paper.
  5. Once the gelatin has dried, you have a stamp-like sticker ready to be licked and sticked!


  1. 1T gelatin with 1T ? Of what?

  2. Oops, how embarrassing! 1T boiling water. I simply microwaved a tablespoon of water in a mug and then mixed with the gelatin. Sorry for the omission - I've corrected it. :)

  3. Great idea! I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks for sharing.


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