Butterfly Templates (found below)
Tape (transparent or masking)
Double Stick Tape or Glue
Bakers Twine or similar string
Large Craft Sticks (also known as tongue depressors)
Plastic Drinking Straws
Markers or Crayons or Colored Pencils
How do friction and gravity help the Flying Butterfly toy work?
Young scientists will…
• make and play with the Flying Butterfly toy.
• notice and wonder about how friction and gravity are helping their toy work.
(This lesson utilizes an adaptation of the Climbing Butterfly activity from Arvind Gupta’s Toys from Trash: https://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys.html)
Flying Butterfly Lesson
Flying Butterfly Templates (also included on the last page of the full lesson found above)
Lesson in Action Gallery – Reviews and pictures from teachers who have put this lesson into practice.
The Flying Butterfly was a favorite for teachers at a STEMAZing en español workshop held in Nogales, Sonora, México.