Leafy Butterflies

Butterfly leavesThis project was inspired by Lois Ehlert’s beautiful book “Leaf Man”. A little technology, namely stock photography and a color printer, helped me make dozens of flat, easy to cut and glue leaves.
1. If you are so fortunate as to live near some fall foliage, you can take the real thing to a color copier and make lots of prints of multiple leaves. Or if you are like me, nowhere near any maple trees, you can go to a stock photo site and download preview images of leaves. I also am including a link to my pdf file, which you can access below.
2. Young students can cut out the leaves leaving about an 1/8″ of white around the outside so they are not so intricate. Older students can be more precise and cut out the leaf exactly.
3. The leaves are then cut in half right down the middle. The two sides are then glued down with a little space left in between. A body and antennae are cut from scraps pieces, or from leftover stems, and glued on top.

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