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The Life of a Butterfly

Book: GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds
Center:

Science/Discovery/Nature

Topic:

Bugs/Ants/Insects/Spiders

Content:

The Arts: Visual Arts

Area:

Fine Motor

Age:

3 through 4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

PDF Available



Materials:

Books and videos about butterflies
Cotton swabs
Scissors
Glue
Construction paper leaves
Packing peanuts, pipe cleaners, and cotton balls
Craft sticks
Yarn
Glitter and tissue paper pieces
Zipper-closure plastic bags



Instructions:

1. Study butterflies. Read books about butterflies to the children and show them
videos. If possible, show them real butterflies.
2. Talk about the life cycle of a butterfly. Explain that butterflies go through four
stages: egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and butterfly.
3. Help the children make their own representations of a butterfly life cycle.
Begin by cutting off the tips of cotton swabs (these will be eggs). Help the
children glue the “eggs” onto paper leaves.
4. Make caterpillars using colored packing peanuts, pipe cleaners, and cotton
balls.
5. Show the children how to glue or tape a craft stick to their caterpillar and
then wrap yarn around it to make a cocoon.
6. Make butterflies. Put glitter and scraps of tissue paper into a zipper-closure
bag and spray water into it to mix the colors. Pull it together in the middle
with a pipe cleaner or clothespin to create the body and wings.
7. Give each child a large zipper-closure bag to store each part of the life cycle.


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