As we studied Washington state I found out their state insect is a dragonfly. I did a quick search at my library and found Sir Small and the Dragonfly. That gave me a great inspiration for a book craft, a fun dragonfly craft.
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Dragonfly books to go with this craft
Hey, Future Ticia 2022 here, when we did this craft it was to go with Sir Small and the Dragonfly, but here are a few other dragonfly books you could do this craft with:
- Sir Small and the Dragonfly
- Stick– frog and a dragonfly
- Zachary Quack, mini-monster
- I saw a bullfrog– compound words, with animal names, I have either an earlier edition of this book, OR there’s a book with the same name and different story
- The life cycle of a dragonfly– there are about half a dozen books similar to this, I just happen to like this particular series
- Are you a dragonfly?
Dragonfly craft supplies
old-fashioned clothespin (also called a doll clothespin), coffee filter, washable markers, 2 pipe cleaners cut in half (I had to fight Batman off of these to have enough for the craft), googly eyes, scissors, and glue
Let’s make the dragonfly craft!
Start off by coloring your clothespin and the coffee filter. Superman totally covered every single square centimeter of his. I don’t think it was possible to add another bit of color to it.
Next, spray your coffee filter with a spray bottle full of water. Your kids will be very excited if you let them do this. Just watch them, or else they might do like Superman do and so completely and totally soak it that you can’t put together their dragonfly until it dries out some.
Hmmm, I tried to get a picture so you could see what I was talking about, but it didn’t turn out so good. Basically, scrunch up the coffee filter at the “neck” of the clothespin, and use one of the pipe cleaners to twist around it and hold the wings in place. Put the other pipe cleaners on the bottom and wrap the other around it. Does this make sense?
Glue on the googly eyes, and you’ve got a super cute dragonfly. You could also call this a butterfly. Though, I’ve usually seen the butterfly version with the spring-loaded clothespin.
In order of who made it: Batman, me, Princess. Superman’s dragonfly is off somewhere probably chasing monsters.
That is very important to do.
Our Pace says
What a great craft!
Raising a Happy Child says
Love the dragonflies – Superman was clearly very thorough about his. I like the idea of a monster chasing dragonfly – there is something heroic about it.
I love the dragon flies! We will have to make some here sometime! We've made butterflies out of coffee filters and pipe cleaners. Need to get some clothespins.
An Almost Unschooling Mom says
Hmmm…I'll have to check out that book. I admit, I'm usually too busy ducking, and covering when the dragonflies swoop past, to take a really good look at them – but I'd say you need another set of wings, and they should be see through. It looks like you got six legs, though – very neat craft!
What a cute project!
Our Country Road says
Such a cute idea!! I think we just might try to do something similar to this today. Thanks so much for the tip!
Brimful Curiosities says
Once a dragonfly landed on my daughter's window screen. We had fun inspecting it through the glass and I bet we looked like a huge monsters to the poor insect. Neat craft.
Christianne @ Little Page Turners says
I haven't heard of that book before, who is it by? Oh, and maybe you can clear up a debate between my sister and me: do dragonflies bite?
Cute activity. I love coffee filter crafts. : )
Jolly Green Mommy says
Cute. We did the same thing to make a butterfly this week. This is a great project!
JDaniel4's Mom says
This book looks wonderful!
These came out really cute! I will have to check out this book too, thank you for linking up to stART :0)
So cute! I have never done dragonflies with the coffee filters. I love how they turned out!
Very sweet. My children love using the spray bottle. Sometimes it's a battle to get enough colour on the paper as they are more interested in using the spray bottle!