Today we are sharing a fun and simple tissue paper dragonfly craft! This is a great summer activity to do with the the kids after a nature walk around a pond where you’re likely to see a lot of insects buzzing around! After observing how many dragonflies and damselflies have bright colors, it’ll be fun to make one of these colorful insects using free template and some tissue paper.
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My boys LOVE insects. They can watch bugs and other creepy-crawlies all day with endless fascination.
Last summer, we found a dragonfly. It actually crawled on my sons finger and stayed for a while. He stayed very still, careful not to touch it. He was VERY excited to have had that experience and dragonflies have been a favorite ever since!
"Nature will bear the closest inspection; she invites us to lay our eye level with the smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. She has no interstices; every part is full of life." -Henry D. Thoreau . The boys were THRILLED when this dragonfly crawled on his finger and stayed for a bit. He loves the blue and green colors and had a million questions. Looks like we will have to learn some things together. . . . . . #natureplay #outdoorplay #getoutside #thoreau #preschoolactivities #preschool #prek #toddleractivities #childhoodunplugged #education #handsonlearning #letthembelittle #instakids #homeschool #totschool #momblogger #funforkids #creativekids #kidsactivities #stem #momlife #homeschooling #earlylearning #letthembelittle #handsonlearning #sensoryplay #TBAKA #tobeakidagainblog
How to Make A Tissue Paper Dragonfly:
- Dragonfly Template printed onto cardstock paper
- tissue paper in different colors, cut into squares
- school glue (and a bit of water)
- small bowl or plate
- paint brush
To prepare, pre-cut squares of tissue paper. I find the simplest way to do this is to leave the tissue paper stacked as I cut so I can make many at a time. I also added some school glue to a small bowl and added just a little bit of water to make it easier to spread with a paintbrush.
Making a dragonfly:
First, spread some glue all across the top of the dragonfly template.
Next, choose tissue paper pieces and lay them on top of the glue to stick them down.
Don’t worry if the pieces hang over the lines. This will be trimmed later.
Continue until the entire inside template is covered with tissue paper.
It’s OK if all sides of the tissue paper are not stuck down. We will get to that part next.
Use the glue/water mixture and a paintbrush and carefully paint on top of the tissue paper pieces.
This will smooth them down and they will start to look really cool as the colors blend together.
Let the tissue paper and glue dry completely.
After it’s dry, cut out along the template lines.
And that’s it!
At this point you can leave it as is, or add googly eyes, legs, or decorate it in other ways.
These look really nice when strung along a string to make a garland, hung in the window, or used as refrigerator magnets!
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