Light card (From a cereal
box), two small coins or washers and a cocktail stick or match stick
or pin. Glue or tape and colouring pens or paint.
Draw the shape of a butterfly on a piece
of card. At this stage you need to make sure that the wing tips
at the nose end are big enough to mount the coins on and that coins
position will be well below the nose. This is what lowers the centre
of gravity and enables the butterfly to balance. Also make sure the
picture is symmetrical so that it has equal balance. Once your
shape is drawn place the card on top of another piece and cut out
the shape so that you have two identical butterfly shapes. Glue or
tape the coins in place. Glue or tape the cocktail stick on so that
the point is just protruding from the nose of the butterfly. Glue
the other butterfly shaped card on top to hide the balancing coins
and cocktail stick. Colour and decorate you butterfly. The butterfly
will balance on top of any pointy object and will even twirl in a
breeze or spin if placed above a heat source such as a radiator or
TV / monitor.
Try to think of some other things that
will balance. What about a clown! Also click here
for instructions on our 'Balancing
DID YOU KNOW: A female butterfly lays eggs which hatch into a larva
known as a 'Caterpillar' (Click here
to make a Caterpillar). After eating grandads lettuces the caterpillar
will form itself into a chrysalis and then turn into a butterfly.
This process is known as 'Metamorphosis'.