Kids’ Activity: Indoor Butterfly Hunt

When it comes to parenting, there are two things I know for sure. 

1. Bored kids do not equal happy kids, so when a rainy day hits, the day can go south quickly.

2. Browsing Pinterest for creative ways to fill the day can make your self-esteem as a mom go south just as quickly. I mean, we all have our genius moments, but when I’m in a hurry to occupy my kids on the spot with what I already have in my home, I don’t want something over the top. (I feel inadequate enough already because I don’t bake in mason jars.)

So, without further ado, I give you:

The Easiest and Least Pinterest-worthy Kids’ Activity Ever!

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First, turn off the TV and crank up some butterfly catchin’ music. You’re the mom, so that’s up to your discretion.

Then, pull a sheet of paper out of the printer and draw some freestyle butterflies with a Sharpie.

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Let the kids color those in. The more colorful, the better.

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See how not bored they are!

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Cut out said butterflies and affix a small piece of tape to the back of each.

Send the kids to do…something?…while you hide the butterflies all over the house.

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Some up high, some down low.

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It all depends on how long you want them to stay busy. ;)

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You get the idea.

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Grab your most butterfly-net-like strainer, tell the kids that it is, in fact, a butterfly net, and let them loose on a butterfly hunt!

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See kids smile.

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Now, turn the tables and let the kids hide the butterflies while you hunt them. (This was my son’s favorite part.) If you want to up the ante a little, tie in a little research on butterflies so the kids say things like. “Mommy…the caterpillar turns into a chrysalis and then the butterfly comes out in a new outfit and the outfit is WINGS!”

Yeah, somebody else must have taught him that. Sure wasn’t me.

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Yay! Keep this gem in your back pocket for the next rainy day. Feel free to pin it if you’d like…maybe we can take that whole Pinterest thing down a notch. Then we can all feel better.

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  1. VERY COOL idea! I love this. Thank you for sharing. I think my daughter would love to do this!
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  2. What a cute idea!
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  3. I love this idea! I am always looking for ways to do stuff on the cheap or with things around the house…. and I don’t bake in mason jars either!
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  4. What a cute activity, perfect for a rainy day or for when it’s just too hot to be outside!
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  5. Super cute idea! My 2.5 year old daughter would love this. It would also be fun in our church nursery.

  6. What a fun acitivity for the kids. My nephew LOVES butterflies, he would just eat this up!

  7. LOVE it!!
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  8. I love this idea! I’m going to try it this afternoon!
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  9. This is a fantastic idea! I pinned it for our next rainy day. Thanks for sharing!
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  10. What a CUTE idea!! So much better than just flipping on the tv. love it!
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  11. What an adorable idea! This is a great rainy day activity and we seem to have a lot of rainy days lately.
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  12. This is such a cute activity And looks like so much fun.
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  13. Such a cute idea. My grand kids will love it. Also, I just love your commentary. I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels less than adequate when I look through Pinterest. :)

  14. What a great idea to keep kids busy for a long while!

  15. What a cute activity, I’ll have to try this with my little one, when she gets bigger.
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  16. I love this idea! Great for rainy days!
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  17. I took my girls to visit a butterfly house last week so this would definitely be a fun activity for them right now!

  18. Vanessa Coker says:

    Too cute! I really like this idea, my son gets so bored on days we can’t go out or get out of the house, poor guy!

  19. Sandy VanHoey says:

    Genius! I love the idea and it sure would be fun for them. Great job!

  20. Totally concur on points #1 and #2. I still love Pinterest for ideas though and have found some good ones! My girls would love this butterfly hunt idea. I love getting the kids involved in making them – my oldest loves art so much I might never get her out of butterfly-making mode!

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