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Butterfly Stick Puppet For Kids [Free Template]

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Butterflies are one of the few insects that most kids love!

They’re beautiful and fun to watch. In fact, many states have butterfly gardens that kids just can’t get enough of.

If your child loves them just as much, they’ll want to make this butterfly stick puppet. It’s a simple craft that kids can play with when they’re done making it.

Be sure to download the free printable template, then watch our quick video tutorial to see exactly how we made this project.

It’s another of our easy butterfly crafts for kids that’s great for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children.

Popsicle Stick Butterfly Puppet

butterfly stick puppet craft image collage with the words butterfly puppet craft in the middle

Supplies

  • Jumbo popsicle stick
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons (if using the color in version)
  • Tape
  • Butterfly template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the butterfly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding butterfly stick puppet template

Place the butterfly’s body in the middle of the wings and glue it in place.

hand gluing body to butterfly stick puppet

Glue the eyes in the middle of the head with part of the outside portion hanging off the head.

hand gluing eyes to butterfly stick puppet

Create the butterfly wing decorations by gluing the smaller ovals to the bottom of the bigger ovals, then use scissors to trim off the excess paper.

hand gluing wings decorations together

Position the wing decorations on the wings and glue them in place.

hand gluing wing decorations to butterfly stick puppet

Take the antennae and glue them to the back of the head.

hand gluing antenna to butterfly stick puppet

Flip the butterfly over and place the jumbo popsicle stick on the back and tape it in place.

hand taping jumbo popsicle stick to butterfly puppet

Now your child has a cute butterfly puppet they can play with!

butterfly stick puppet

More Insect Ideas For Kids

Whenever we introduce a new theme or if we want to go deeper in it, we always start with children’s books! They’re an easy way to fill time and help kids learn to read or develop their vocabulary. Below are some of our favorite insect books for kids!

The Very Quiet Cricket– Everyone loves Eric Carle and this book is just as good as all his others! In it, a cricket is trying to discover how to make a sound, but when he rubs his legs together nothing happens. Follow him on his journey to find his very own sound! Kids love the ending where he and your child can hear the chirping!

Bugs A to Z is a great introductory insect book for kids. It’s great for kids to browse through and look at pictures and to find a short snippet about each bug.

Ten Little Ladybugs – This cute book is not only fun to read, but also fun to touch! Kids will want to read this book day after day and it helps them learn to count.

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If you’re looking for more insect crafts try out these crafts:

hand holding butterfly stick puppet

If your child loves sensory play check out this spring play dough kit or this bug sensory bin.

Let kids explore real bugs that have been preserved with this cool bug collection. Or learn from a living example when kids grow their own butterflies!

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Butterfly Stick Puppet For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This butterfly stick puppet is a fun spring craft for kids to make!

Materials

  • Jumbo popsicle stick
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons (if using the color in version)
  • Tape
  • Butterfly template

Instructions

  1. Download the butterfly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Place the butterfly's body in the middle of the wings and glue it in place.
  3. Glue the eyes in the middle of the head with part of the outside portion hanging off the head.
  4. Create the butterfly wing decorations by gluing the smaller ovals to the bottom of the bigger ovals, then use scissors to trim off the excess paper.
  5. Position the wing decorations on the wings and glue them in place.
  6. Take the antennae and glue them to the back of the head.
  7. Flip the butterfly over and place the jumbo popsicle stick on the back and tape it in place.

Free Butterfly Template

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