Butterflies like Puddles Too!


Butterflies drink by “puddling”, sipping at shallow puddles of water in mud or sand. Male Butterflies need extra minerals and enjoy mud puddles. The extra sodium and amino acids are transferred to the female during mating. This nutrition enhances the survival rate of the eggs. The minerals also help in the production of pheromones which attract females. Fill Butterfly Puddler with water and set near butterfly friendly plants.


• Place Paper Plates, to work on, onto table.

• Arrange Pottery Tools and Butterfly Cookie Cutters on table.

• Red Clay should be close and assessable to Educator facilitating the project.

• Fill and place three Water Bowls. How to make your Puddler

• Roll an “egg size” amount of Red Clay into a ball.

• Flatten the Red Clay ball on the Plate, to about ¼ of an inch thick (about the width of a pinky nail).

• Using the Butterfly Cookie Cutter, cut out the shape.

• Put unused Red Clay back into the bag.

• Create designs in the Red Clay with the Pottery Tools.

• Using Pottery Tools or fingers, create a “well” for water to collect in.

• Set Butterfly Puddler aside to dry.



Paper Plate

Red Clay

Butterfly Cookie Cutters

Pottery Tools


Anne Pierce, Art Specialist, has been with Kidspace Children’s Museum since 2010. She participated in the Master Planning committee and assisted in the development of the Imagination Workshop. As a theater professional Anne has worked for the Walt Disney Resorts, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Sid & Marty Krofft. Anne is currently serving on the board of the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry.