Butterfly Symmetry Art Lesson for Kids

I taught this lesson to my three year old students when I taught art to preschoolers. It is a wonderful and easy lesson that introduces concepts like symmetry and primary colors. Enhance this lesson with a book about butterflies or colors!

Classified: Easy and is great for 2-4 year olds.

What you need:
  • White construction paper
  • Red, yellow and blue paint
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush (3- one for each color)
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Optional: The book Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of ColorsButterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors

What you do:
1. Discuss the three primary colors (red, yellow and blue).
2. Cut a butterfly out of white paper and fold in half.
3. Have your toddler paint the one side with the three primary colors and quickly fold in half and smooth out to transfer. 
4. Open back up to discuss symmetry and allow drying.
5. Glue on the antennas and draw on face and body.
My almost 3-year old's art work
6. Display!

Vocabulary: Symmetry, primary colors


  1. ok, that's really sweet... and what I love about your ideas like this are that we could just up and do them around the house some time for fun with what we have around! ;-)
    maybe you could come do a guest post some time and share this fun???? :-)

  2. Butterflies are so inspiring. Beautiful crafts for kids!


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