In June we take part in The Wildlife Trusts #30dayswild so thought some butterfly activities for Butterfly Awareness Day on 6th June 2020 would tie in nicely. In this post are a couple of activities you could do at home and some on a walk to help you raise your awareness and appreciation of butterflies.
Make a sponge stamp to print butterflies. It’s a quick and simple activity to set up.
All you need is a rectangular sponge, a pipe cleaner, paint, paper and a pen.
Wrap a pipe cleaner around the centre of your sponge to create two wings. Dip the sponge in paint or paint the sponge and print some butterflies on a piece of paper – why not try with different colours and patterns? Once dry draw on a face, antenna, body and any extra details onto your butterfly prints.
To make the butterfly feeder, punch four holes evenly spaced around the outside of a paper plate. Tie wool or string through the four holes and attach them together at the top of the strings length so you have something to hang the feeder off.
Chop up some fruit – we used half an orange and half a pear which the butterflies will enjoy eating. We also added some flowers to make the feeder bright and colourful to attract the butterflies.
Hang in a tree or on a branch and let the butterflies find their treats.
You could record and count the number of butterflies that visit the butterfly feeder.
Butterfly Leaf Picture
Collect leaves from around the garden. Cut butterfly shapes out of card or paper and glue the leaves onto the butterflies. The example shown us pre-cut out butterfly shapes which came as a pack from a pound shop a couple of years ago now.
Photo butterfly walk and identification
Go on a walk during Butterfly Awareness Day and take photos of any butterflies that you see, alternatively you can have a look for butterflies in your garden. The Butterfly Conservation have a great identification chart which you could use to identify the butterflies you have spotted.
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