We had so much fun learning about the mysterious life cycle of the butterfly. First, I shared it with a diagram, then we watched it happen in a 2.5 minute You Tube video (below.)
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Finally, right before our eyes, we saw it happen. We arrived at school to find that 5 of our caterpillars had successfully emerged from their chrysalises and were flying about the butterfly cage. Painted Lady butterflies are quite beautiful.
This sweet little craft is very prek-friendly. My little ones are only beginning to learn the use of scissors so, to maximize enjoyment and minimize frustration, we adults pre-cut the templates before class.
B is for Butterfly Preschool Craft
Our craft consisted of a template of a butterfly, printed on card-stock and cut out. The students decorated the wings with tempera paint dotted all over using a large marshmallow as a “paint brush.” They dipped the end of the marshmallow in one color and dotted, flipped it over and dipped in a different color.
After the wings dried, they glued googly eyes and pipe cleaners for antennas onto a large craft stick. Then the stick was glued onto the middle of the butterfly wing, as the body. Voila! A Butterfly!
In addition to all this fun, we read the book by Eric Carle: Very Hungry Caterpillar and we also went on a Butterfly Picture Hunt – a simple little treasure hunt that 3 and 4 year olds thoroughly enjoy!
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