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Spring is the best time of year to learn about butterflies. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to watch the entire life cycle. Discover how you can celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day!
Preschoolers love butterflies. They sit and watch as the butterflies flit and flutter from flower to flower. Or, they run through open fields hoping to catch a butterfly in their bug nets.
Did you know that March 14 is Learn About Butterflies Day? Take some time to teach your preschoolers about butterflies with one or all of these butterfly activities for kids.
Celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day
Read a book about a butterfly’s life cycle.
Gail Gibbons is one of my favorite authors for children’s non-fiction books. She has a book all about Monarch Butterflies. From egg to caterpillar, this book tells the story of how butterflies live.
If you can’t find that specific book, here are a few more options to choose from. You should be able to find them at your local library. If not, you can order them on Amazon by clicking on the book image below.
Grow some butterflies indoors.
One of our all-time favorite science activities is to order caterpillars from Insect Lore. Once they arrive, we can set up our habitat and watch the caterpillars grow and change into butterflies. It is absolutely amazing to watch them emerge and then to set them free.
As a matter of fact, we have a habitat that I ordered last year and never used. I think I’ll order some caterpillars this afternoon so we can grow them again this year. It will be our third or fourth time to do so.
Read fun stories about butterflies.
After you’ve read a nonfiction book or two about butterflies and how they live, let your child pick out a fun storybook to read. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Plant a butterfly garden.
Growing butterflies in a habitat is a lot of fun. But, watching butterflies flit around your garden area all spring and summer long is even more fun. With a little bit of research, you and your kids can plant a butterfly garden with will attract butterflies and provide nourishment for the caterpillars.
Here are a few websites to get you started:
- Kids Growing Strong has great tips to help attract butterflies to your garden. They also have a great graphic listing many plants that attract butterflies.
- You can find another great list of butterfly friendly plants at Peanut Blossom.
- Decoded Parenting offers great information about host plants for caterpillar food and nectar plants for the butterflies.
Create a collage.
Gather up some old magazines or newspaper inserts. Have your children search for images of flowers, butterflies, and caterpillars. Let them cut out the pictures and glue them on construction paper to make a collage.
If you don’t have old magazines lying around, you could use stickers or print out pictures from the internet.
More hands-on resources for learning about butterflies:
Learn About Butterflies Day is a wonderful holiday to celebrate with your preschoolers. Not only will they have fun learning about butterflies, but they’ll get a hands-on look at how they live and grow.
How will you celebrate Learn About Butterflies Day?