How to Draw a Butterfly Step by Step for Kids

Today we are learning how to draw a butterfly with this simple step by step guided drawing for kids.

This is a supper easy simple butterfly drawing tutorial that’s perfect for beginners of all ages, but especially for kids in kindergarten and preschool.

How to Draw a Butterfly Step by Step Guided Drawing for Kids


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I always loved drawing and felt insanely proud when I learned to draw something new.

Drawing didn’t really come naturally to me though, I did struggle with it for a while as I wanted my creations to look perfect even as a kid (was never asked or expected for them to be perfect, it was just a thing that was going on in my head).

I needed some guidance, to realise you can do things one step at a time and that simple shapes can turn into beautiful creations.

While I do believe the most amazing creations come naturally, sometimes we do need directed drawing to master the basics. And once you have the basics, like know how to draw a butterfly, you can take things from there and add your personal touch. It certainly helped me build my drawing confidence.

We are all about making things easy peasy here and it was about time we tackled drawing too – so we are starting a new how to series – dedicated to drawing for kids.

Each of our tutorials will come with a printable PDF template you can print and use at home or in the classroom to get the kids to draw their creations.

We really hope our how to draw series will inspire your kids to get into drawing!

Butterfly Directed Drawing Tutorial

How to Draw a Butterfly Step by Step for Kids

I always loved butterflies, and as bugs are kind of a popular subjects with kids, I though this was the perfect thing to draw first.

They might look a bit tricky to draw, but once you take things step by step, you will become a butterfly drawing master in no time!

Ready to draw your own butterfly?

Let’s begin!

What you need;

  • our printable template (you can grab it at the end of this tutorial) or a sheet of paper
  • a drawing tool you are comfortable with (marker, pencil, crayon)

Optional: coloring tools – colorful crayons, markers, pens to give your drawing a pop of color.

Watch the Draw a Butterfly Video Tutorial


Follow These Step by Step Drawing Instructions

Print our draw a butterfly template with all the steps and room for your drawing.

Step 1

Start by drawing a circle for the head. The circle doesn’t have to be perfect.

Tip: the more circles you draw the better they will look. Practice makes perfect!

Next, let’s draw a body shape.

You can make it with one stroke, or make two strokes, starting at the top and joining at the bottom.

Draw a first pair of wings. Try to make them symmetrical.

First Pair of Wings

Now draw a second pair of wings. These are usually a bit smaller than the first pair, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong if they are the same size or even bigger.

Second Pair of Wings

Now lets draw in a nice little face.

Everyone loves a butterfly with a smile :). I love when our cute critters are showing their tongue, so be sure to draw that too.

Add finishing touches and color.

Draw circles inside the wings (you can also draw other markings) and a few stripes on the body of the butterfly.

Congratulations! You have learned how to draw a easy butterfly!

Finished Butterfly Drawing

All there is left to do is to color your butterfly drawing.

Color your butterfly

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How to Draw a Butterfly

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