This simple craft from the Woodland Trust is a great way to introduce your child to the concept of symmetry. All you need is a piece of paper and some paint.
Fold the paper in half, or draw a line down the middle. Then get your child to splodge paint on one half of the paper only. Fold the paper in half so that the paint spreads onto both sides. Then, carefully open the paper back up to reveal your butterfly!
Explain to your child that a butterfly’s wings are symmetrical, meaning they are the same on both sides – just like their painted butterfly. If you have them, you can use a clothes peg or wooden craft stick to add a butterfly body, and some colourful pipe cleaners for antennae.