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Friday, December 6, 2013

Art & Science: Flutterby Butterfly

“Learn about these marvelous creatures, add a bit of optical illusion, then we'll create our own beautiful butterflies!”

A program looking at the life cycle of butterflies, along with a celebration of individual difference, a spot of sign language, a wild look at the freaky but fascinating five-hundred year old artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, plus fun craft stations exploring his art, bi-lateral symmetry,  origami, and more. (K-5)

· Background music: George Winston’s “Summer”

· Read: Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel or Bubba and Trixie by Lisa Campbell Ernst (both compassionate friends stories dealing with the transition from caterpillar to butterfly.)

· Read: A Butterfly Is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston

· Sign Language Song "Look Up, Look Down" from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs.

· Read: If at First You Do Not See by Ruth Brown (clever turn around book, vegetation becomes faces)...inspired by the works of the 16th c. Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo -- kids will adore seeing his amazing paintings -- images online at: http://www.giuseppe-arcimboldo.org/
or go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Arcimboldo for more links and info.  More ideas also at: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/picture-this-peach-cheeks-blackberry.html

· Stations:

o Symmetry – Cut out a Butterfly, paint one half & fold – bilateral symmetry http://www.coloring.ws/butterfly1.htm

o Coffee Filter butterflies (filters, markers, spray bottles) http://www.dltk-holidays.com/spring/mcoffeefilter-butterfly.htm

o Butterfly illusions – create a face using butterflies like Arcimboldo

o Butterfly match game – chrysalis/butterfly matching game (photocopied from A Butterfly is Patient)

o Butterfly life cycle http://www.thebutterflysite.com/22-butterfly-coloring-pages.html

o Butterfly mask (could also use to make flying butterfly) http://www.dltk-kids.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/mardigras/images/bmask2.gif

o http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/butterfly_flier.htm

o origami butterfly http://www.origami-instructions.com/easy-origami-butterfly.html

o other ideas: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/insects/butterflies.htm

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