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Tissue paper Butterflies

By on Mar 5, 2011 | 14 comments

It’s no secret that I love butterflies. All grade levels love them. The instructions for this lesson is the same as the Symmetrical Butterflies, but instead of using watercolor paints to color, kinders used tissue paper and liquid starch.

Many people ask if watered-down glue works as well as liquid starch. Basically yes, but I do prefer starch. You can find it in the clothing detergent aisle of most grocery or drug stores. Simply brush on a small amount of liquid starch and carefully lay down a piece of tissue paper. Brush another layer of starch over tissue paper to seal it.

Approximately two, 40-minute art classes to complete.

Kinder Butterflies…

 

    14 Comments

  1. Such a nice springtime activity! I think my girls would love this, although since we’ll be using vintage wallpaper and scrapbook paper, I’m guessing that watered down glue is where it’s at for us.

    Pumpkinbear

    March 20, 2011

  2. I do love your creative inspirations!

    Marylovett Rodrigues

    March 28, 2011

  3. hi patty:
    did you precut the tissue for this lesson or had them cut their own shapes?
    thanks
    robin

    robin

    May 5, 2011

    • Hi Robin,
      Looks like a bit of both. I usually have a mixture of tissue paper left-over from other projects so no doubt that is what happened here. Tearing might look more organic. Tissue paper is really hard to cut with scissors, so I would remove that as an option for the little ones.

      Patty

      May 5, 2011

  4. Hi, I love this lesson, I find it pretty interesting and I’m planning to do it with my three year olds children. Can I have the instructions for this particular lesson on the paint.

    Jane

    December 21, 2011

  5. hi, can i have the instructions for this activity :) thanks

    Jane

    December 21, 2011

  6. hi patty! love your site! thank you for sharing so much with us!

    question about the tissue paper: is it the regular old run of the mill cheapie kind used here? thanks!

    sara

    July 5, 2012

  7. I tried these today with my kids and the liquid starch isn’t sticking. As they are drying the tissue paper is coming up. Glad to know as I am doing this with small group of kids in a couple of weeks. I guess I will switch to watered down glue. Has anyone else had this issue?

    Dana Barbieri

    June 27, 2013

    • Hmmm. That’s never happened to me before. Are you watering down the liquid starch?

      Patty Palmer

      June 27, 2013

      • Hi Patty. No, I didn’t water it down at all. Was I using the wrong thing? Liquid starch for you ironing?

        Dana Barbieri

        July 10, 2013

        • No, you were using the right stuff. I was just trying to figure out what you may have done to cause the starch not to stick well. I really don’t know as it has always stuck well for me. Maybe different brands?

          Patty Palmer

          July 10, 2013

  8. what brand do you use?

    jean

    August 27, 2013

    • For what?

      Patty Palmer

      August 27, 2013

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