Digital Butterfly Art Project
Do you need a fun and engaging spring activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your class will feel successful in designing their own digital butterfly craft. It’s as simple as copy and paste! Additionally, it pairs well with the books, “The Very Hungry Catarpillar” by Eric Carle and “The Girl Who Drew Butterflies” by Joyce Sidman.
Are you stuck figuring out what to do with kids who finish early? Digital art projects make for great early finishers activities because they take up no space, paper, or other physical materials. Simply assign a handful to your kids for the month and stop fretting over projects for students who complete work fast.
Virtual Butterfly Craft Preview Video
Overview of Digital Build a Butterfly Craft
First, your class will select a background to place all their items onto. Next, they will paste a set of top and bottom wings, overlapping them just a little bit. Then using various organic and free-form shapes, they will design one half of the wings. To complete the butterfly, they’ll copy, paste, and flip the shapes to the opposite side to show symmetry. Once the design is finished, they can add leaves, clouds, wind, flowers, and a sun behind the butterfly.
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have your kids take a picture of their own sky and then have them insert that into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach your class about composition and lighting. This art project is also a great exercise in teaching about symmetry in nature and man-made objects.
These digital butterfly templates include 194 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own unique butterfly. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach kids how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the digital Easter egg templates located on page 3 of the PDF.)
- 16 Direction Slides – These explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Backgrounds – These include images of rainbows, grass, and sky. This is where students will place their butterfly parts onto. Any background a child is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with.
- 194 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their butterfly craft. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for kids in first grade through third grade.
- 4 Teacher Examples – Use these to demonstrate on and show your class a completed version of the art project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the art project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Butterfly Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Slides can be shared with your class. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in this program, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have children use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital zany birthday cake templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have kids take a picture and upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it.
- How do I get the digital zany birthday cake templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Click the link with the pointing arrow on Page 3.