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Butterfly Blowers

Mar 31, 2016

Spring is finally here and that means butterflies are making a reappearance! These super-fun butterfly blowers combine crafting and science and are a total hit with kids of all ages!

You Will Need:

  • card stock cut into butterfly shapes (we usually make these about 8 by 5 centimetres, but no need to be exact)
  • thin drinking straws (the bendable ones with the bendy part cut off work perfectly)
  • thick drinking straws, cut in half
  • scotch tape
  • crayons or pencil crayons

Supplies to make butterfly blowers.

Instructions:

1. First things first: invite your child to choose a card stock butterfly to decorate. He or she can add as little or as much detail as desired, as this part is for fun more than anything.

That being said, if you think your child is ready and/or interested, this is a great time to discuss symmetry and challenge your little one to design his or her butterfly wings so they’re symmetrical.

A child decorates a paper butterfly.

2. This step has two parts.

First, select a short, thick drinking straw and completely seal off one end. We like to do this by pinching the end of the straw together so it’s flat, securing it over the top with a short piece of tape and then wrapping another longer piece of tape around the straw. 

You can do it however you please, but it does have to be airtight for your butterfly blower to work properly.

Next, tape this straw to the undecorated side of your card stock butterfly.


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3. Select a long, thin drinking straw and place it directly inside the shorter one. That’s it—your butterfly blower is now complete!

A finished butterfly blower.

Are you ready? Here comes the really fun part: making your butterfly fly!

Holding onto the end, give the thin drinking straw a good, strong blow. The air will launch your butterfly off the straw and send it soaring across the room!

A girl dressed as a butterfly launches a butterfly blower across the room.

If you're playing with friends, line up and see whose butterfly travels furthest. If you’re on your own, make several butterflies and see which one is your best flyer.

As you play, do some experimenting! Change up the way you blow, how position your butterfly on your blowing straw and how you angle your straw when launching your butterfly—see what achieves the best results. Can you make your butterfly travel even further?  What seems to help?

Most importantly, of course, have fun!

Article Author Jen Kossowan
Jen Kossowan

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Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She's passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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