I love it when I can mix art and science or art and math for that matter. Any lesson is an opportunity to pull out the watercolor paper and art supplies. For this lesson we are using our Tim Holtz Distress Inks as our watercolor medium for our Anatomy of a Monarch Butterfly. We used Wild Honey, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Barn Door. I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut a butterfly shape, but you could easily free hand this one. We also used Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman as a science reference material when drawing and labeling our monarch butterfly. We did this lesson as part of our Butterfly and Caterpillars unit study. My 7-year-old and 11-year-old each worked on this project, but only my 11-year-old labeled all the parts. We also referred to Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies by Mel Boring for more information about monarch butterflies.

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