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.
Butterfly Preschool Craft
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!
Looking for more unusual painting techniques for preschoolers?
A great companion lesson: C is for Caterpillar!
What other creative ways do your little ones use to paint?
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