Encourage children to practice their motor skills by putting beads onto pipe cleaners. Let them color/paint a clothespin, add eyes, and antennae. Help each child put together their butterfly.
Optional: Use markers, glitter, or sequins, to decorate your butterflies
More ideas for butterflies:
Butterfly Crafts For Kids by No Time For Flash Cards
Butterfly Goodie Bag by Crafty-Crafted.com
Colorful Handprint Butterfly by Handprint and Footprint ART
Coffee Filter Butterfly by My Kids Make….
Flutter by, Butterfly! by Spark and All
Yarn Butterflies Spring Craft by GummyLump.com
Read: “Where Butterflies Grow” by Joanne Ryder and Lynne Cherry
Let’s write a butterfly story.
Color the butterfly as you turn the pages.
Draw out the different shapes and assist the children in cutting them out. Have the children identify the different shapes as they cut them out.
This craft helps children with both literacy and math. Cut a pair of wings from construction paper and on one side write letters that are symmetrical (we used A,M,Y,W,T,H,I,O,V,U). Have the children trace the letters with paint then fold the butterfly in half. Show them that the letters are the same on both sides, and that butterflies wings are the same on both sides, or symmetrical. Have them experiment with different letters to see which ones are symmetrical and which ones are not.
The Butterfly is a very logical creature, both wings are exactly the same!
Here is a Butterfly project Mom’s and Dad’s will love!
Butterfly Baby Footprints!
Spring is the perfect time for exploration. After reading a book about butterflies have the children create their very own butterflies which you can add to a paper plate or a different material to create butterfly mobiles to hang around the class. This project can be done with any type of material.
Fun fact: The world’s largest Butterfly is called the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly, while the smallest is called the Western Pygmy Blue.
Appropriate for 4’s and up. Science (life cycles) My, Oh My--A Butterfly! All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) Tish Rabe(Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator), Joe Mathieu(Illustrator
Let’s Play a Butterfly Wall game! Here is a game you can put up on the wall.
Easy as a,b,c
Rhyme: Let’s All Be a Butterfly by Debbie Hasbrook M.Ed.
Read: “Monarch Butterfly” by Gail Gibbons
Butterfly Alphabet Wall
Phonics: As the children place their butterfly on the corresponding letter have the children tell you what the sound is. Teach them the sound if they do not know what it is. Have the children think of other things that begin with the same sound.