Friday, September 14, 2012

Art Party Ideas for Kids - Coffee Filter Butterflies for Preschooler Activity

 Coffee Filter Butterfly Magnets

 Best for: Ages 1 to 3



  • coffee filters
  • scissors
  • water based markers (i.e. Crayola)
  • wooden clothespins
  • small googly eyes
  • pipe cleaners - cut in half
  • craft glue
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • small magnets


  1. Fold your coffee filter in half.  Cut along the two longest sides so that you end up with the 'wings' of your butterfly.
  2. Place butterfly wings, a clothes pin, a set of googly eyes and a half a pipe cleaner at each child's place.  Make sure each child can reach a variety of markers.

  3. Have the children fill the entire coffee filter with lots of colours.  The patterns can be random; the colouring doesn't need to be pretty but you want to fill as much white space as possible.

  4. Once a child has filled the white space, take the spray bottle and lightly spritz the wings with water so that all the colours bleed together.

  5. Place the wings in a warm spot to dry.
  6. While the wings dry, have the children colour their clothespins.  These are the bodies of their butterflies.

  7. Glue a set of googly eyes on the short end of the clothespin (the end that opens).
  8. Glue a magnet to the back-side of the clothespin near the top of the short end.
  9. Have the children fold their pipe cleaners in half forming a 'v' shape.  They can wind the edges around a pencil or marker to form the antennae.
  10. When the wings have dried, simply open the clothespin and trap the middle of the wings in the clip part of the clothespin and then tuck in the antennae.

Voila!  A beautiful butterfly the kids will love to take home.

Don't miss our other Art Party Activities for 3-5 year olds and 5-8 year olds.


  1. I love this idea! I tried it before with eye droppers and food colouring on the coffee filters but it got really messy. Using markers first and just water droplets after is way better! Thx

    1. Food colouring is always messy. I know my hands are always stained when I use it. Add kids and who knows what will happen!


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