Last week our preschool lesson plan focused on butterflies. I created a butterfly pack that my daughter J loved, especially the painting sheets.
Once we were done with our sheets, I realized I completely forgot to talk about the butterfly life cycle! Today for #PlayfulPreschool I will be sharing with you our twist on the butterfly life cycle as well as free butterfly life cycle cards.
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Okay, so I try to be as hands on and creative as I can with my daughter’s learning and I figured… why not demonstrate the butterfly life cycle with playdough??
Butterfly Science Resources
Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit Toy – Includes Voucher Coupon for 5 Live Caterpillars to ButterfliesFrom Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)Creativity for Kids Sparkle N’ Grow Butterfly Terrarium48 Plastic Prepared Microscope Slides Kit BONUS Butterfly Specimen for Kids Student Science STEM EducationCaterpillar to Butterfly (Science for Toddlers)Creativity for Kids GROW Butterfly – Chia Seed Indoor Gardening Kit for KidsJili Online 24Pcs Wild Animals Assorted Plastic Butterfly Insects Model Figures Toys Kids Educative Preschool ToysMontessori Butterfly Life Cycle Animal Match Cards and Figurines. Nomenclature Science Work Teaching
First, I showed J the butterfly life cycle cards and explained each stage as best as I could. I told her that the butterfly lays her eggs on leaves (I was going by the card). These eggs are very small and they actually stick to the leaves.
Then, after a certain period of time, the eggs hatch and caterpillars emerge from the eggs. These caterpillars are extremely hungry when they hatch. They are so hungry that they eat the leaf that they were born on. The more that the caterpillar eats, the more the caterpillar grows. Once he has reached a size he is happy with he creates a chrysalis.
Inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar is changing. He is growing wings and his shape is changing. When he emerges, he is a butterfly.
Once we were finished explaining the cards (which can be found at the end of this post) it was on to applying what we learned. I grabbed her playdough and we decided to see how we can mold and create each stage of the butterfly life cycle.
Butterfly Life Cycle Activities for Kids
Frog Life Cycle Activities for Kids
Life Cycle of a Frog Sensory Bin by Mom Inspired Life
Fine-Motor Frog Life Cycle Craft by Live Over C’s
Frog Life Cycle Hopscotch by Tiny Tots Adventures
Frog Life Cycle Craft by Still Playing School
Praying Mantis Life Cycle Activities for Kids
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