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DIY Butterfly Toy

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Spring is finally here, and we think butterflies are the perfect way to celebrate! Babysits and The Victoria Bug Zoo have teamed up to teach you how to make this beautiful butterfly toy. According to the Smithsonian Institution, there are about 17,500 species of butterfly in the world. That means you have LOTS of options for this DIY. We decided to make the Morpho didius, also known as the giant blue morpho. As the name suggests, this Neotropical butterfly has iridescent and metallic blue colored wings! This particular butterfly can be found in Peru, but by following our instructions you can have one at home too!

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissor
  • Tape

Step 1: Draw a large butterfly on a piece of paper, and leave some extra space between the wings.

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Step 2: Cut out the butterfly and fold it in half. Then fold down the wings in the opposite direction. Use the dotted lines in the picture below as a guide.

Step 3: Now you can use markers to color in your butterfly however you like.

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Step 4: Cut two strips of paper.

a pair of scissors

Step 5: Tape one strip of paper underneath each wing. 

All done! If you hold the base of the butterfly with one hand and pull the strips of paper up and down with your other hand, it will look like your butterfly is flying! Share a picture of your creation and tag @babysits and @victoriabugzoo on Instagram! Check out the Babysits blog for more fun craft ideas!

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