It was so exciting to have some lovely little helpers for today’s craft: Robots vs Butterflies Mural! This craft is great for kids and adults alike and works especially well at parties. Each person creates their own, individual art and then combines it to make a beautiful, collaborative piece for everyone to enjoy.
I started with these blank robot and butterfly templates which you are welcome to print out and use yourself:
I set up a table with lots of copies of the templates already cut out, oil pastels and scented markers. Since this was a group craft, I covered the table with white butcher block paper in order to prevent a mess! Any medium will work for this project – I chose oil pastels because they are fun to work with and you can smoosh and smudge them into the paper in order to give the picture lots of texture; and scented markers are just plain fun
The kids had lots of fun decorating the robots and butterflies and came up with all sorts of uniquely awesome designs! When crafting in a group it is often easier and more fun to work with pre-shaped templates than to use blank sheets of paper because it gives a unifying theme to everyone’s work while allowing for individual creativity. Templates also help to keep children’s attention for a little bit longer than plain ol’ blank paper!
After all of the robots and butterflies were completed, the kids helped me tape them to a big yellow board. Since we used tape, they were able to place them on the board, stand back and check out the composition and then make adjustments as needed. They even drew some pictures directly on the wall to enhance the look. This is what they came up with!
Pretty cool! Here are some close-ups of their handy work:
This is also a great craft for adults to have fun with at a party and a savvy way to end up with a one-of-a-kind decoration for your place that will make you think of your friends every time you see it.