My grandson is obsessed with the life cycle of a butterfly. He’s either watching videos about the metamorphosis or making the life cycle stages out of Play Doh, or playing with his life cycle toys. He even had a Life Cycle of a Butterfly birthday this year (which should be a future blog post) He has stuffed butterflies that turn inside out to become a crysalis, and unzip and tuck to become a caterpillar. He has plastic butterflies, eggs, chrysalis’, and caterpillars – and I don’t mean one set, he has several! I don’t know how his parents find them! (Hooray for the internet). I have learned things by him being interested in the metamorphosis. I always wondered why sometimes we said cocoon and sometimes we said pupa for that stage. Answer: the pupa is the creature inside the cocoon. and cocoon is just a less scientific word for chrysalis.
Because of his interest, we had a few days of caterpillar/butterfly activities. I checked out several books on butterflies; Monarchs and other types.
All three of these sheets are from Mama Miss’ website. http://Mamamiss.com
The printable above has a leaf for each stage of metamorphosis and the kids glue dry pasta on each leaf: farfale (bowtie) for the butterfly, rotini for the caterpillar, a small shell for the egg and a medium shell for the chrysalis.
I cut out the butterfly that I colored and then cut it down the middle, made a headband to fit her head and glued half the butterfly on each side of the headband. I cut out her butterfly and glued it to a popsicle stick (sorry no picture) so she could ‘fly’ it around while she wore her wings.
Kids love stickers.
We used butterfly and caterpillar stickers of various sizes.
This butterfly painting above was so fun and easy!
Draw a butterfly on a blank card stock.
Have the child squeeze paint on the wings, Brodey dotted the first one,
and used his finger to mix colors and paint it on the second one.
While the paint is still wet, fold the paper in half so you are touching the wings together and transferring the paint to both sides.
When they unfold it, it’s symmetrical just like a real butterfly’s wings. To a preschooler, it’s pretty magical!
We tried gluing pom poms together with yellow paint, thinking that when it dried, it would stick the pom poms together like a monarch caterpillar with yellow stripes on a black body but we had to glue several pom poms together the next day. He glued some google eyes on the end pom pom.
Using Fruit Loops to decorate a butterfly’s wings was Brodey’s idea. He saw a butterfly in one of our library books and said it looked like Fruit Loops on his wings and we should make one.