We learn all about butterflies the last few weeks of kindergarten. For these symmetrical butterflies I did a directive draw of half of a basic butterfly shape on folded circular diffuse paper. After the butterfly shape was drawn the kids used a shape template to put in different shapes all over half of the butterfly. It was a great end of the year review of shape names and attributes. Then they flipped over the half circle and traced their shapes and butterfly outline with sharpie, creating a symmetrical butterfly. Pretty simple and everyone succeeded. Lastly we used smelly markers to color in the butterflies and sprayed the whole butterfly with a water bottle to make the colors run. They dried instantly in the sun. I had the kids place another circle under the front and cut out both the front and back at the same time to make it simple. Then I stapled and stuffed each one with recycled newspaper, added the pipe cleaner antennae and strung them up.
This one has a batik effect. Really beautiful. It was fun to see the kids ooh and ahh as each were strung up.