Amazing balancing butterfly craft

A friend reminded me recently that I made a really cool, magical bird back in our primary school days that got them all awed. Funny that I don’t remember about it until he mentioned it. I’ve forgotten how to do it though so I asked my sister if she remembers and sure enough, she did. We discussed further how to actually make it and today, I made it with Ethan.

This is a really fun craft that doesnt require any fancy materials. You’ll most likely have everything in the kitchen.
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Fold a paper half. Draw one half of a butterfly making sure the top wings are way above the butterfly head to enable it to balance. This is also a good time to teach your child about the centre of gravity.

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Cut and paste on a soft cardboard. We use a cereal box. Cut out again.

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Paste a coin each on the back of the butterfly’s top wings.

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The butterfly is ready to balance on your finger now.

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It should be able to balance on just about anything. It can even balance on the glue :)

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Ethan is really fascinated with it.

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Boys being boys.. he made it balance on almost anything. His feet…

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Elbows.. Nose.. Anything!

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Ayden is interested in the butterfly too.

Meanwhile, my sister and my niece made a balancing bird craft.

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Same method except replace the butterfly with a bird. 

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My niece Jaydene and her beautiful balancing bird craft :)

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    Wahhh.. sgt cantik…
    it reminds us of the primary school..many unforgettable memories


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    how, that is amazing!! never have thought of that!! so clever lah Ethan, thumbs up from Uncle SK!! :)


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    Wow…very nice ! And ethan made it for his bro. Aiyo …let Ayden come out and play la.


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    Interesting. Don’t think I ever made that in school. Hmmm…you did not take a pic with the butterfly balancing on Ayden’s head? That would be so so so cute! Muahahahahaha!!!!


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    Interesting Merryn. That is cool. Will try out this weekend if got time. Thanks for sharing… My son definitely will say it is a magic… hahaha


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    I have one of this balancing thing. A dragonfly from Thailand.

    indeed very simple to make. Maybe I can get the kids to do it too. I am surr they will be thrilled!


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    Wow, I am curious now. Didn’t play with these before. Thanks for sharing!


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    I REMEMBER THIS!!! we had a bird. oh myyyy. this is a very very cool craft! i think what i’d do is possibly add another layer after the coins have been taped to conceal the coins. that’d make it a tad more “mysterious” i think. lol.


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