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Butterfly Papercrafts: 21 Indoor Projects for Outdoor Learning Paperback – March 7, 2015
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This attractive, inexpensive book by a mother/daughter team contains 21 paper-cutting projects that will interest children of any age. Coupled with content about each project, children are invited to make a butterfly egg, a caterpillar, a chrysalis, as well as flower projects, a flip book, and other attractive constructions. The cutting is too difficult for a very young child, but most of the projects are relatively simple and will interest 5 to 12 year olds. Each cut-out design is on the right facing page, with instructions and information on the left facing page. My grandchildren (ages 7 and 9) would take one look at this book and run for the crayons and scissors, immediately ready to dive in and cut up the book. But if they cut directly from the book, the instructions for the following project (on the back of the pattern page) would be destroyed. The book recommends that the crafts are copied onto heavier paper or card stock, and hopefully the adult using the book will have noted this suggestion and will have a copier and heavy paper on hand. This necessary preparation is the only limitation I found on this otherwise valuable additionto the educational literature. Carol A. Butler, News of the Lepidopterists' Society
Generally, butterflies are brightly colored on the top side and have dull colors on the underside. The bright colors are used to attract a mate and the dull colors are used to hide from predators." So writes Sal (Sally) Levinson in her newly published book,Butterfly Papercrafts. Ah, the joys of discovery! If you're looking for something educational, rewarding, timely and artsy-crafty for your kids--how about teaching them about butterflies? Sal wants to inspire youngsters to learn about our amazing world of butterflies through art and a little science. Each of the 21 papercrafts contains a lesson about butterflies. Butterfly Papercrafts is intended for youngsters ages 5-12, but really, it's also a beginner's book for all ages and a teacher's treasure. Readers can learn about the life cycle, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult; and craft a butterfly paper airplane, a caterpillar flip book and a monarch finger puppet. In addition, there's also fascinating information about nectar, pollination, monarch migration, and "puddle parties" (who wouldn't want a puddle party?). She'll tell you exactly what a puddle party is and describe the behavior. There's also good information on how to distinguish butterflies from moths. And the monarch finger puppet? "Once the finger puppet is complete, you can use it to mimic butterfly behavior," Sal writes. "For instance, you can take it on a long flight, pretending that it is migrating to Mexico or the coast of California for the winter. And the monarch migration chapter? Readers can color trees, the monarchs, and the background. The end result: pop-up art. Caution: Those delving into this papercraft book will (1) become more curious about insects (2) spend a humongous quantity of time outdoors looking for them (3) plant a butterfly garden and (4) rear butterflies. Or become a lepitopterist or artist. Or both. Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey
The Levinsons have ...gathered their work into a slim paperback titled Butterfly Papercrafts: 21 Indoor Projects for Outdoor Learning. Each craft covers a specific butterfly-related topic that is succinctly presented in a two page spread. The first page introduces the topic at hand, provides thought-provoking questions about the topic, and gives simple instructions for creating the craft. The second page of the spread is the reproducible papercraft. Each two page spread could easily be used in a classroom setting. Suggestions accompany each craft that involve outside activities, whether it is to look at flowers to see if pollen can be found, or suggesting that the porch light be left on so that moths can be observed for later comparison with butterflies. These suggestions open the door to non-crafty outdoor activities. The topics covered the book span a wide range, from what butterfly eggs look like to how to tell the difference between butterflies and moths. The first five crafts in the book are concerned with the butterfly life cycle and the authors suggest these be worked on first. The text that accompanies each craft is accurate, although vague. With an interested adult at the helm, Butterfly Papercrafts works as a study guide for learning about the lives and trials of butterflies for children of all ages. The craft projects represent remarkable creativity. Children are, for example, invited to make a flip book that illustrates a caterpillar eating a leaf, color and cut out a Monarch finger puppet to use for imaginative play about migration, or gain some new vocabulary to describe the physical features of caterpillars while coloring and cutting out the caterpillar model. Many thanks to the Levinsons for making their creative expertise available to a wider audience. Their interest in and deep knowledge of butterflies, coupled with their unique ability to turn such qualities into fun activities, is evident in every page of Butterfly Papercrafts. By Jane Hurwitz, Editor, Butterfly Gardener magazine.
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The projects provide a challenge and introduce vocabulary and ideas about butterflies in an entertaining way. It is good for any kid who can use scissors in a controlled fashion, together with simple glueing or taping of parts: some adults would like it too.
The authors are a mother-daughter team, Sal and Danielle Levinson, who live in Berkeley.
I worked most of the examples myself, thoroughly enjoyed it, and have photographed the results, with comments. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/34497109@N04/albums/72157663227244042 It is better to use stiffer paper as recommended.
YES, my recommendation is to try the book. You and your kids (also teachers with classes) will have a good time, and learn a lot about butterflies to boot.
David Rawlinson, Novato, CA.
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