If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of book making and other paper craft activities. They are fun to do and do not require heaps of resources. Book making can also lead to some great writing, as children often love to write inside a book they have spent time creating.
I’m going to show you how to make a pop-up butterfly book. This simple book making activity is great for young children as it’s just a matter of folding and cutting, all you need is a piece of A4 paper and some scissors. I like to use coloured paper when making books, but you can use white paper and make it colourful with some nice illustrations.
- Fold a piece of A4 paper until you have four equal panels.
2. Fold in half from left to right. Draw two diagonal lines as pictured (these form the wings).
3. Cut along the lines then push back to create a fold.
4. Ensure the butterfly folds the opposite way to the book, so it pops out when opened.
5. Illustrate your butterfly, leaving space for writing.
6. Create a front cover.
I think this would be a great book for writing about minibeasts. While teaching in reception and key stage 1 classes, I found minibeasts to be a favourite topic. The children enjoyed learning about them and loved to hunt for them in the playground or while out on our forest walks.
If your children enjoy simple paper craft, see my three simple book making activities for young children.
Happy book making!