Filter Paper Butterfly Mobile
|Learn color mixing while creating colorful coffee filter butterflies and later string them together to make a mobile.||
|1.||Cut out 3 or more butterflies from coffee filters or any filter paper. The size of the butterflies should be just right for a wooden clothespin to be clipped at each butterfly's middle section.|
|2.||Prepare different colors of food coloring. The three primary colors red, yellow and blue are great for learning about color mixing.|
|*Here's an alternative to food coloring:
Soak (bleeding type) crepe paper in a small amount of water. Wait for 5 minutes or until the water attains the desired color intensity. Remove the crepe paper and use the colored water in place of food coloring.
|3.||Put a few drops of red on a butterfly and then add a few drops of blue. Watch as the two colors blend together. What color is created?|
|4.||Repeat this process using other colors on the rest of the butterflies. Primary colors mixed together create new colors called secondary colors: blue and yellow make green, red and blue make purple, yellow and red make orange. Set the butterflies aside to dry.|
|5.||Make the butterfly bodies by painting wooden clothespins. Paint on some spots or stripes if you like.
*An easy and mess-free way to paint the clothespins is to clip each one onto a cup.
|6.||While waiting for the butterflies and the clothespins to dry, cut out the top shape for your mobile out of cardboard, craft foam or any sturdy material. I cut out mine from transparency film to make a nice sun catcher top.|
|7.||Paint or decorate this top shape. Finger painting can be a fun idea!|
|8.||Once everything has dried, clip each painted clothespin at the center of a butterfly.|
|9.||Make the antennae either from pipe cleaner or paper. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and bend it in the middle to make a pair of V-shaped antennae. You can curl the tips if you like.
If you would rather go with paper antennae, simply cut a V-shaped piece from colored paper.
|10.||Use white glue to attach the antennae at the back of the clothespin butterfly, positioning it close to the top.|
|11.||Punch a pair of holes on opposite sides of the top shape.|
|12.||Cut a string long enough to string all your butterflies. Tie one end of the string through one hole on the top shape.|
|13.||Clip each butterfly along the length of the string. Cut any excess string below the last butterfly.|
|14.||Loop a piece of string at the top hole to make the handle.|
|15.||Finally, hang your butterfly mobile on a sunny spot.|