Symmetric Butterfly Painting


  • Paper
  • Paints
  • Paint brushes or Small Spoons
  • Scissors (optional)


  • Step 1: Fold your paper in half and talk to your child about the colours you are using.

  • Step 2: . Open up the paper, then use your paint brush or spoons to add marks or dots of paint to one side of your paper if possible (make sure you use a fair amount of paint )

  • Step 3: Encourage  your child to fold over the paper and to press over the paper with their hands to squish the paint on both sides (Showing your child how if needed)

  • Step 4: Time for your child to open up the folded paper and watch out for your child’s expressions/response to the reveal of the beautiful symmetric colours  on both sides!

Wow! Beautiful!

  • Step 5:  (Optional) If your child is able to use the scissors you can suggests cutting out their butterfly, by folding the paper again (when dry) draw wings on one side then cutting around it.

TIP: Try to have a few sheets of paper to hand because you’re child might want to repeat this activity again and again! The anticipation/excitement of not knowing what it will look like until they open it up, is just so much fun