Meet "Rainbow Sky the Butterfly" (a hand puppet named by one of my students).
One of the story dances I tell/dance with children at libraries is called, "The Lonely Butterfly."
A child from the audience volunteers to wear the costume wings and be the butterfly in the story. Most children don't want the job of being center-stage, but there is always someone who eagerly shouts out, "I'll do it."
The problem is that I never know in advance exactly how old the children will be. When the audience turns out to be mostly 2-year olds, asking one of them to be the Lonely Butterfly is too much to expect.
So, I decided to make a butterfly hand puppet from materials in my collection of arts and crafts odds and ends. I refurbished some old wings, adding trim, and a fabric covered stick with an old glove attached.
I tried out the Lonely Butterfly story this month with a large group of toddlers and parents at the Melrose Public Library. The puppet was just right for the part!