Classroom Activities—Take Flight With Poetry

This 3-D project provides a unique way to display poetry. Not inspired by a butterfly theme? Use graduated shapes for any theme featured in the poem!


  • Westcott 5” Kids scissors
  • 4 1/2 " x 5" white paper
  • 6" x 7" construction paper rectangle
  • 7" x 8" different-color construction paper rectangle
  • 8" x 9" different-color construction paper rectangle
  • black construction paper scrap
  • stapler
  • glue

Step 1
Fold the 6" x 7" construction paper rectangle in half vertically. Cut out a butterfly shape.

Step 2
Fold the remaining construction paper rectangles in half. Using the first butterfly cutout as a guide, cut the 7" x 8" rectangle so it is slightly larger than the cutout; then use the second cutout to cut the 8" x 9" rectangle so it slightly larger than the second cutout.

Step 3
Stack the three cutouts from smallest to largest and staple them together at the center. Make antennae from the black construction paper scrap and glue them in place.

Step 4
Copy your butterfly poem on the white paper. Glue your poem to the center of the 3-D butterfly.

Adult supervision is recommended when children use scissors.
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