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Egg Carton Butterfly

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

Using an egg carton, tempera paint, and pipe cleaners, your preschooler can create a beautiful butterfly.


  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Stapler


  1. Cut an egg carton in half lengthwise, then cut one of the halves in half again, lengthwise.
  2. Turn one of the halves upside down and paint with tempera paint.
  3. Attach pipe cleaners to the head for feelers.
  4. Cut wings from construction paper and decorate with paint or markers; staple to the side of the carton.
  5. Use your imagination to make variations; for example, use one cup of the carton to make a turtle or a ladybug, use three cups to make a bumblebee, or use a full half carton to make a caterpillar.