Salad Butterfly Activity

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Updated on Apr 17, 2013

Why are butterflies and salads alike? Because they both come from nature and can be incredibly beautiful! Now your child can combine the two by making a delicious salad butterfly, with all her favorite colorful ingredients. Challenge her to make one with all the parts of an insect: antennae, head, thorax, abdomen, wings and legs; Then watch it fly into your mouths!

What You Need:

  • Red and green lettuce
  • Any other vegetables that you enjoy. We used carrots, bell pepper and olives

What You Do:

  1. Head to the kitchen with your child and wash the vegetables.
  2. Peel any vegetables with inedible skin.
  3. Dry the vegetables with a paper towel or salad spinner.
  4. Have your child arrange the lettuce pieces on a plate to create the forewing and hindwing of the butterfly.
  5. Slice the carrot in half lengthwise and place it in the center of the wings to represent the butterfly's thorax. An olive makes a nice round head.
  6. Cut strips of any vegetable and place it on the head for antennae.
  7. Decorate the wings with other vegetables. Does this salad butterfly look like any real species?
  8. Enjoy the salad with your favorite dressing.
Tania K. Cowling is a former early childhood teacher and author of teacher resource books. Her Together Time crafts have been featured in print magazines and online.

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