Val’s Crafty Corner: Balancing Butterflies

Valerie is a Melissa & Doug Blog AmbassadorThis crafty creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen.

Enjoy crafting with your kids, and making lots of great memories together!

I can remember making balancing butterflies just like these when I was a kid, and it was so much fun to watch my kids make balancing butterflies of their own! They are almost magical!

To make your own, print out the free template on heavy cardstock paper, and cut it out. Invite your child to decorate the butterflies with crayons, markers, or paint!

I love how my daughter Emily made very elaborate designs on her butterflies, and Clara’s were bright and colorful!

Next, flip the butterfly over, and use a bit of tape to attach some pennies to the wings as shown.

Place your finger under the butterfly’s head, and try balancing your beautiful butterfly on the tip of your finger!

They look so realistic, you may want to have your butterfly net nearby — just in case you happen to attract some real butterflies your way!

Have fun!!

Valerie Deneen: Blog Ambassador for Melissa & Doug from InnerChildFun.comValerie Deneen is the author of  Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.