By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.
With spring finally here I wanted to do a fun craft that would get us in the spring spirit. And what better craft than a butterfly craft to do that? So we decided to make some beaded butterflies that the girls could play with.
This was a great fine motor skill activity for my youngest daughter since it takes a lot of hand eye coordination to put the beads on the pipe cleaners. Younger children may take a little more time with this project but it is great practice for them so let them do it themselves if you can.
After the girls each made a butterfly, my oldest daughter was feeling really inspired and decided to make a horse. I posted a picture of it at the bottom of this post so you can see how it turned out. That is the great thing about this project is that really you can make any animal you want using just pipe cleaners and pony beads.
Start by filling your pipe cleaners up with some beads.
For the main body fold one end down then fold it back up so it looks like a V at the end
To make the wings just wrap a part of the pipe cleaner around the top of the main one with the V
Then wrap it around the middle, and one more time at the end. You will then do the same thing with the third pipe cleaner.
Once they are all done, the kids can play with them, or you can hang them in their rooms for decoration!
My oldest daughter decided to make a horse too. That is what is pictured above.
Here is another picture of the horse. Using the process of the beads and Pipe Cleaners you can make almost any animal the kids want!