Footprint Butterflies

This is a super simple craft that even the youngest tot can do. All that is required is paper, paint, and your tots tiny toes. Toddlers get to explore their creative side while having a blast dipping their feet in paint. This cute art project would also make a great homemade gift!

  1. Ages: 0 - 4

  2. <30 minutes

  3. Super messy

  4. Grownup needed

Materials you'll need

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    First make sure that you have all your supplies laid out and ready to go before you grab your child. This will drastically cut down on the mess and will make it more enjoyable for you and your little one by ensuring that you won't have to run around, leaving your tot alone with temptation, looking for what you need. Lay out your paper and squirt just a little of the paint on a plate for easy access. After a few trial runs, we actually found that by mixing two colors on the plate instead of one it turned out much more pretty!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Have your toddler dip their right foot into the paint (you may need to help guide their foot). At this point they may give you a suspicious look, I think my daughter was thinking, "you are going to LET me put my foot in this?". Let them know that for this activity, yes, they get to dip their feet in paint! Yippee!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Guide their foot to the paper and have them imprint their right foot on the paper with their big toe parallel to the opposite side (left) of the paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Now repeat with the left foot and have the left big toe parallel to the right side of the paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    We made several butterflies all on one big piece paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    She didn't want to stop since she was having so much fun. I let her go free range with the paint, paper, and her feet, on a separate piece of paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Done!

    Now add antennas using your fingers dipped in paint and then draw bodies on the butterflies with markers.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

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