Usher in spring with a FUN Wikki Stix butterfly craft and science exploration designed for kids! Whether your kids are at home afterschool, in childcare, or in a classroom, they will love creating the butterfly and trying out a hands-on science experiment!
Wikki Stix Butterfly Craft and Science Exploration for Kids
As winter ends and spring arrives, most kids are familiar with the term “static cling.” In the winter months, especially in drier climates, static cling happens frequently between child’s hair and winter hats or caps. Invite the kids to investigate static electricity with a fun butterfly craft and science experiment.
Background Information for Parents and Teachers:
Most matter is usually electrically neutral; it has the same number of electrons as protons. When matter somehow gets extra electrons and attaches them to the atom’s outer shell, then there is a negative charge. If a material loses electrons, it has extra positive charges. The excess of charges will then cause static electricity.
Butterfly Science Inquiry: Can we make the created butterfly “fly” using static electricity to move the wings? To demonstrate how static electricity works, invite the kids to see what will happen when they rub a balloon on the carpeted floor and then put it close to the butterfly’s fine paper wings.
- Butterfly Template (there are 15 butterfly templates in the Wikki Stix Afterschool FUN Kit so multiple children can create and experiment at the same time)
- Assorted Colors of Wikki Stix (the Wikki Stix Afterschool FUN Kit has 329 assorted Wikki Stix for the butterfly crafts and experiement)
- 1 sheet of tissue paper per craft
- One balloon
Steps to Create the Butterfly Craft:
- Place the tissue paper over the butterfly template. Gently trace the butterfly shape onto the tissue paper with a pencil.
- Cut the tissue paper butterfly out.
- Secure the tissue paper butterfly to the butterfly template with one strand of Wikki Stix placed onto of the body portion of the yellow template (see photo).
- Invite the kids to create the butterfly’s body on top of the tissue paper butterfly with Wikki Stix. The kids can also create eyes, nose, or the butterfly’s antennae with Wikki Stix if desired.
Static Cling Butterfly Science Experiment:
To investigate static cling, invite the kids to blow up their balloon and rub it several times across a carpeted area. Place the balloon near the tissue paper wings to see if the charged balloon will cause the wings to “fly” (lift from the butterfly template). Have the kids try the experiment several times to investigate if rubbing harder or longer makes a difference in the amount of static electricity produced.
Extension Activity: take the craft and balloon outside to see what materials outside might create static electricity in the balloon. What nature items charge the balloon enough to cause the paper wings on the created butterfly to lift from the template?
We hope your kids have fun exploring the science of static cling and creating the Wikki Stix butterfly craft with the Wikki Stix Afterschool Fun Kit this spring!
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Your kids might also enjoy creating a 3-D Butterfly Life Cycle Craft (free labels to print and use).