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Draw a Butterfly Mural (or Tablecloth)

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1) Learn about butterfly and moth species.
2) Develop motor skills.
3) Create a nature table cloth or a portable mural for display.
4) Have fun!  

Materials list:
1) Plastic table cloth (lightweight) or plastic shower curtain
2) Black sharpy markers
3) A series of colored sharpy markets
4) Large table on which to drape the table cloth/shower curtain

1) Use the links find directions to draw colorful butterflies and moths (subscribers can download the PDF at bottom).
Buckeye Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Morpho Butterfly
Swallowtail Butterfly
Atlas Moth
Luna Moth

2) Using a black sharpy marker, follow the step by step drawing directions (you can practice on a blank piece of paper first if you wish).

3) Look up the animals and their colors here.

4) Then using the color sharpy markers, color them.

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Amsel, Sheri. "Draw a Butterfly Mural (or Tablecloth)" Exploring Nature Educational Resource ©2005-2023. February 9, 2023
< > has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.