Do you remember doing such artwork when you’re in kindergarten? I remember making my butterfly paintings but it was just spread the paint and fold the paper, and that’s it, we’re happy. In this new era, kids are not satisfied with such simple techniques, they learn very fast and want to learn much more. Many of my friends who are parents usually comment that their children do not show interest in ART because they tend to complete the art project very quickly. The key to sustaining their interest is to try to break down the art project into as many steps as possible and these steps should be varied with different kinds of art materials or tools. Like these Beautiful Butterfly Foldovers from TeachPreschool.
First, the kids fold their paper. For young kids like Nat, that’s already a skill to learn. Then using a pair of scissors, cut the shape of the butterfly. Nat loves to use the scissors. Which kid doesn’t? Instead of using just a paintbrush to apply the paint, you can use a spoon too to drip the paint onto the paper. That in itself is something novel and Nat was very happy scooping with the spoon. And then you fold the paper again to spread the paint out with a lot of patting and rubbing. The last step is to stick straws as the body of the butterfly. Again, a different art material to attract them to do more ART. You can also use clay or pipe cleaners to make the body. Hope this encourages you to do more ART at home