Get the kids ready to learn about butterflies by decorating with:
Hanging paper or plastic butterflies
Butterfly crafts the children have created
Activities: Try these fun butterfly-related activities during this
Science Center: "Butterfly Garden"
a butterfly kit (like the one pictured above from Amazon) and watch the
butterfly life cycle in your classroom or home. There is no substitute
for watching it in person!
Math Center: "Butterfly Life Cycle Chart" - Give each child a paper
that has been
marked into quarters and a ziploc bag filled with one bowtie pasta
noodle (adult butterfly), one small shell noodle (egg), one large shell
noodle (cocoon), and a spiral pasta noodle (caterpillar). Have
them glue the noodles onto the plate in the correct order of a
butterfly's life cycle.
Dramatic Play Center: "Gardener" - Give the children gardening tools (plastic!),
gloves, and an apron and let them "plant" their own butterfly garden.
You could also have a pack of seeds, a floppy sun hat, and some plastic
butterflies for them to play with.
"Butterfly Basketball" - Divide children into 2 teams. Give one child
from each team a butterfly net. Give the other children plastic
butterflies. Have the child with the net stand a certain distance away
from the others. On the word "go", have the teams try to get as many
butterflies into the net as they can during the time period. The child
with the net can move the net around to try to catch them. If time
allows, let other children have turns holding the net.
Art Center: "Stained Glass Butterfly" - Take a piece of waxed paper
it in half, hot-dog style. Draw half of a butterfly on one side, with
the body at the fold. Cut out the shape, and use it as a template to
cut another butterfly shape out of another piece of waxed paper. On one
waxed butterfly paper, place various colors of crayon shavings. After
you are done, place the other paper on top and iron the two papers
together using low heat. Punch a hole near the top and hang in the
window so the light can filter through!
Songs: Butterfly Life Cycle
Song (sung to the tune of Up on The Housetop) - First comes a butterfly lays an egg out comes a caterpillar with many legs oh see the caterpillar spin and spin a little chrysalis to sleep in oh oh oh look and see oh oh oh look and see out of the chrysalis my oh my
out comes a pretty butterfly
I Want To Be a Butterfly
(sung to the tune of Shortening Bread) -
I want to be a butterfly, butterfly, butterfly
I want to be a butterfly
Just for fun!
First I'll be the egg...etc.
Next I'll be the caterpillar...etc.
Then I'll be the chrysalis...etc.
Now I'm a butterfly...etc.
Snacks: These snacks will be perfect for your Butterfly
"Butterfly Bites" - Cut celery stalks into sections. Fill
section with a dollup of peanut butter, cream cheese, or hummus. Cut 2
small pieces of celery and stick them in the front of the filling to
serve as the antennae. Place 2 mini-pretzels on both sides of the
filling to be the wings. Use 2 raisins for the eyes. So cute and
healthy too! :)
"Butterfly Sandwich" - Put a carrot stick in the middle of
a plate. Take a piece of bread and
peanut butter on it. Slice it diagonally. Place the pieces on the sides
of the plate for wings. Voila - a tasty butterfly!
"Butterfly Vegetables" - Make
a butterfly shape using cut up vegetables! Use a carrot stick or
cucumber (sliced vertically) for the body, a cherry tomato for the
head, and bell pepper strips for the wings!
month's featured preschool site
is PhonologicalAwareness.org. I go to
this site ALL this time to find activities to increase phonological
love how they separate activites into categories like: Rhyme Awareness,
Phoneme Segmentation, Phoneme Blending, and Manipulation Activities.
That way, I can quickly find an activity to fit what I am teaching.
out PhonologicalAwareness.org to find
some great ideas for not only activity ideas, but also background
information and hierarchy guidelines. I'm sure you'll find it as
helpful as I do!
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