Butterflies flitting to and fro — it’s the epitomy of spring and summer.

Their colors are bright — yellow, orange, red. They land on bright flowers and create a perfect vision.

You’ve seen butterfly craft after butterfly craft, but we want to offer yet another. All this one takes is crayons and a piece of paper.

Begin by tracing your child’s hand, to about half the palm. Then flip the page over and trace his or her hand again, matching up where you left off.

Photo of traced hands

Draw an elongated oval down the middle and add some antennae.

Color your butterfly and background any way that you would like — we decided to make it a clouded sulphur!

Photo of handprint butterfly

Butterfly ring *FREE template*

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A butterfly’s bilateral symmetry

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Create an origami butterfly!

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