...b, b, b the butterfly sound, B makes a butterfly sound!
Children and adults are fascinated by the beauty and life of butterflies. Young children can oberve catepillars and butterflies to understand the amazing changes in nature and life.
If you approach butterflies slowly you can catch them with a photograph.
Life of a Butterfly
Butterflies begin their life when a female butterfly lays her egg on a leaf.
The egg grows and matures.
A new caterpillar forms and eats all the time.
Caterpillars have strong mandibles to eat leaves and plants.
The caterpillar matures and forms a hard outer shell.
A fully formed butterfly emerges from the chrysalis.
Here is a printout of the butterfly life cycle.
Make beautiful reading cards or use them as prompts to write a story.
Cardboard egg carton-cut into rows to represent a caterpillar
Paint (caterpillars are a variety of colors so bright colors are great)
Sponge brushes or bristle paint brushes
Pipe cleaners or bag twisty for antennae
Show your child how to paint the caterpillar using a bristle or sponge brush.
Caterpillars are various colors and patterns, so it is wonderful to encourage your children to be creative.
Dry the your child's masterpiece and add the antennae.
* Decorate your caterpillar with paper punch holes, glitter and pieces of recycled gift wrapping. This is a fun cut and glue activity.
Ink blot butterfly with pipe cleaner antenna
Plain paper that will absorb paint easily
Primary color finger paints
Pipe cleaners or similar material for antennae.
Fold the paper in half. Open paper into a whole piece again. Near the center of the paper place several different colors next to each other. I like to use primary colors because when mixed together they make new colors. Fold in half again and rub the outside (paint is on the inside of the fold) of the paper. Open and dry. See how the colors have mixed together to make new colors. Fold in half again and trace a butterfly pattern and cut into a beautiful butterfly. Attach antennae.
If you don't like to draw free hand, here are some beautiful Butterfly Templates from first palette.com.
Butterfly Movement Dance
Collect colorful scarves and add some melodious music to encourage your children to dance.
If you are musical, sing "Row. row your boat" tune to our butterfly song while dancing.
b,b,b the butterfly dance
b, b, b, the butterfly
dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing
b, the butterfly dance!
Use the scarves as wings. Move them up and down like a butterfly wing and gently dance.
Dancing helps with coordination and movement. Also, it helps children to visualize their space by not bumping into other dancers or objects.
*Use the phonetic sound of b for this song
Helpful ideas for you
After you make a bug barn go through your garden and look for a chrysalis. Keep the stem too so that the chrysalis hangs properly
Check the cocoon everyday to make sure you can see the butterfly emerge from it's case. Release the butterfly in your garden.