Butterfly Pop Up

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This is the third in our series of DIY art activities for kids.


Very hungry caterpillar book

The very hungry caterpillar

By Eric Carle

The all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! 

"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
The New York Times Book Review





  • Cardstock or construction paper
  • Permanent Marker
  • Oil Pastel (We like the vibrancy of neon oil pastel)
  • Markers (any kind will work-regular, metallic, glitter, etc)
  • White Model Magic
  • Glue Stick
  • Dowel, Bamboo Skewer or Straw
  • Pom pom (if you don’t have any on hand you can use a cotton ball)
  • Tissue Paper (leftover from our monster project)

WHAT to do

FOR the habitat

1. On a piece of cardstock (you can also use construction paper or regular paper) create a design with nature motifs or just add patterns. If you have a permanent marker on hand use it for the outlines. If not, a regular marker works just fine.

2. Colour in shapes with oil pastel.

3. Now roll up the paper to form a cone, being sure to leave a small opening at the bottom for the dowel. Use a glue stick to seal the cone. Hold it in place for a few seconds to allow the glue to set.



For the Butterfly

4. Using model magic or playdough (we like to use white so it allows us to be creative with the colour of our butterfly) create the shapes of our butterfly.

5. Roll out the model magic into 4 circles (for the wings), a think worm-shape for the abdomen, and two little worms for the antennae. We also included some texture on the abdomen by rolling a few pieces of model magic.


6. Use markers to colour in each component of your butterfly. Be sure to cover the back, front and the sides.


creating our foliage

7. Glue a pom pom (or cottonball) onto the bottom of a dowel (or a bamboo skewer).

8. Grab the dried cone and trim the top of the cone to create a straight edge.

9. Using the leftover tissue paper from our monster project, glue tissue paper piece along the top of the interior of the cone.

10. You can embellish the exterior of the cone with any items you have on hand such as foam paper, button, jewels, etc.



assembling our pop-up butterfly

11. Put the dowel through the bottom of the cone.

12. Attach the butterfly to the top of the dowel. You can poke the top of the dowel through the base of your butterfly.

13. If you have access to a hot glue gun reinforce the butterfly and pompom. Otherwise let your creation sit for a moment.

14. Now put your pop-up creation into action!


The Fuzzy Caterpillar

(to the tune of "The Eensy Weensy Spider")
The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled upon a leaf,
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell asleep.
While she was sleeping,
She dreamed that she could fly,
And later when she woke up
She was a butterfly!

Fly Fly Butterfly

(to the tune of "Skip To My Lou")
Fly fly butterfly,
Fly fly butterfly,
Fly fly butterfly,
Fly up in the sky so high.
What do caterpillars do?
Nothing much but chew and chew.
What do caterpillars know?
Nothing much but how to grow.
They just eat what by and by
will make them be a butterfly,
But that is more than I can do
however much I chew and chew


Butterfly, Butterfly

(to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Butterfly, Butterfly,
Fly Away,
You were a caterpillar yesterday
Butterfly, Butterfly
You never stay,
Always flying to a new day.

More great songs at CanTeach!

scientific exploration

  • Talk about the life cycle of the butterfly.
  • Why are butterflies and other insects important?

We'd love to see your butterflies! Leave us a comment below or share them with us on social media.