Create a whimsical Butterfly to decorate a back-to-school or spring party invitation.
This creative activity can be especially delightful when presented to parents as a back-to-school invitation. Prior to creating invitations, the students can compile their best work for parents/guardians and decorate the classroom for this festive school event.
This project can also be specified for spring class parties celebrating new beginnings. Before creating the invitations, students may be involved in classroom spring cleaning and fun activities related to springtime.
Given creative Butterfly invitations, students can welcome guests to Back-to-School Night or a festive classroom celebration for spring.
Supplies Used: Cardstock, Crayons, Glue, Iron, Ironing Board, Ribbon, Scissors, Tape, Wax Paper
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
Creating the Invitation:
1.Cut a 9" x 4 1/4" strip of blue cardstock or construction paper for the invitation holder. Fold the paper so the front is 4 1/4" wide and adhere the overlapping edges with tape in the back (Figure A).
2.Hand cut a green piece of paper to cover the front bottom of the invitation holder and attach the holder (Figure B).
3.Die-cut two LG Clothespin Critter, Butterfly, using wax paper. Die-cut the body of the Butterfly using light green paper.
4.Using crayons, have the students heavily color one wrong side and one right side of the two wax paper Butterflies.
5.Place several layers of white construction paper on an ironing board. Place the Butterflies, with the crayon sides together, on the construction paper and iron with a cool, dry iron.
6.Adhere the light green body of the Butterfly to the cooled wax paper Butterflies. Adhere the completed Butterfly to the front of the invitation holder.
7.Cut a 12" strip of blue ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the bottom of the holder (see Main Photo).
8.Cut a 3 7/8" x 4 7/8" piece of white paper. Write the invitation message on the paper and mat on a slightly larger piece of green paper.
English Language Arts: Communication Strategies
K-12: Standard 5
English Language Arts: Applying Language Skills
K-12: Standard 12
Standards for the English Language Arts, by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, Copyright 1996 by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.
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