Tissue Paper Butterfly

Are you looking for a fun activity to add to your butterfly activities for preschoolers? You’ll love this simple tissue paper butterfly craft.

While this craft is designed for your youngest kiddos, your older preschoolers and kindergarteners can enjoy it as well.

The free template (linked below) makes this craft a breeze for your little ones to complete.

All you need to complete this craft is some paper, tissue paper, scissors, and glue. Once you have all that, you’re good to go.

This craft gives children an opportunity to strengthen fine motor skills as they cut and paste colored paper onto the butterfly template.

Download the template below, provide your little one with colored paper and glue, and have them decorate their butterfly as they’d like.

Butterfly Craft for Kids

This simple butterfly craft can be added to so many of your spring lesson plans. It works well with your frog unit, of course. But, it also words in your bug theme, garden theme, and letter B (butterfly) or letter C (caterpillar) themes.

Butterfly Craft Supplies

  • cardstock
  • tissue paper
  • crayons (optional)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • butterfly template (enter your email in the form at the bottom of this post)

How to Make a Butterfly Craft

To get started, download and print the craft template at the bottom of this post.

If you’re working with toddlers or preschoolers who aren’t ready to use scissors, you can precut the tissue paper for them.

If you’re working with preschool and kindergarten kiddos, this is a great opportunity for them to practice scissor skills. If they find it too difficult to cut the tissue paper, let them use construction paper.

If desired, little ones can color the butterfly before adding the paper squares. Now, it’s time to get started.

I prefer to instruct children to start at the top and work their way down the page. This keeps them from getting glue all over their hands.

They can spread glue on one section at a time, stick the paper squares down, and then move to the next section.

Or, they can glue each square one by one. They can overlap or not. It’s up to the child how they complete the craft. Each one will be unique!

Once the glue is dry, your preschooler can hang their butterfly on the fridge. Or, they can cut the butterfly out for a little more scissor practice.


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Butterfly Kids Craft

Butterfly Kids Craft

Toddlers and preschoolers will love decorating this simple butterfly craft with colored paper squares.


  • Cardstock
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue Stick


  • Scissors


  1. Download and print the butterfly craft template.
  2. Glue colored paper squares on the butterfly outline.

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