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Make a Monarch Handimal

Grab some face paint and watch your hands flutter to life!

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Participant Age: Under 7, 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
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Physical Challenge:
  • orange, black, and white face paints
  • paintbrush
  • sponge (optional)
Paint your hands orange.
Cover the backs of both your hands and wrists with orange paint. (You can sponge the paint on or use a paintbrush.)
Cross your hands.
Once the paint dries, cross your hands in front of you at the wrists with your palms facing you.
Create wing and body details.
Have a parent or friend create butterfly-wing shapes by outlining your hands and part of your wrists with black paint, as shown. Continue using the black paint to add a head, body, antennas, and wing markings.
Add details with white paint.

After the black paint dries, add two white eyes and white dots on the wing outlines, as shown.

 

TIPS

  • Use only paints made for the face or body. Even "non-toxic" craft paints can cause a skin rash.
  • Some paints can rub off. You may want to wear old clothes and be careful about what you touch.

 

Monarch Hand
Craft by Michele Reyzer; Photo by Susan McElhinney

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