A few years ago we turned some pasta shells into giant pasta snails. Now we are moving onto farfalle pasta and making pasta butterflies. I’ve been a bit wary about doing crafts and activities that use food at the moment. I don’t like to waste lots of food in an activity or craft. Normally the food I use can be stored and reused in other sensory activities. With these pasta butterflies we only used a few each, so I didn’t feel too bad.

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To make pasta butterflies you will need:

  • Farfalle pasta
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Pens

As we discovered with the pasta snails a few years ago, the less paint the better. The wetter your pasta gets, the more likely it is to break.

Paint your pasta butterflies and leave them to dry.

While they are drying paint some grass and flowers onto your paper. I find that card stock is better for these sorts of crafts. The paper is thicker and therefore less likely to curl.

pasta butterflies

When everything has dried (another good reason for using less paint; it dries quicker) glue your butterflies onto your picture. We used PVA glue, I am not sure how strong glue sticks would be for this.

For the final touches I added some pen to make the antenna and the flight paths of the butterflies.

If you enjoyed these pasta butterflies be sure to check out my pasta snails and chromatography butterflies.

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Pasta butterfly craft for kids

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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