Attracting Butterflies


  • 10 to 20 minutes


  • Garden spot that can be viewed from a window
  • Seeds or plants that attract butterflies such as zinnias, marigolds, asters, hollyhocks, or other purple, yellow, and orange flowers


  1. You can attract butterflies into your yard by creating a garden spot that contains the kinds of plants that nourish and attract them. Plant the seeds/plants compactly. Butterflies especially like purple, yellow, and orange flowers and those with short petals or flat tops that are easy to land on.
  2. Sit back and enjoy the beauty from your window together with a nice cup of tea.


  • Make a butterfly viewing zone with some soft pillows and quiet music.
  • Buy a small pair of binoculars for close-up butterfly watching.


Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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