The colors on the wings of a butterfly are caused by millions of overlapping scales. This activity will demonstrate this effect.
Colored tissue paper (use several different colors)
1. Cut poster board into quarters.
2. Cut tissue paper into small pieces.
3. Draw a butterfly outline on each quarter and give each child one.
4. Let the children glue the colored tissue paper onto the drawn butterfly’s wings. Show how overlapping the tissue paper creates new colors.
What did the children notice?
What colors did different combinations make?