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Here’s a super fun life cycle of a butterfly activity for preschoolers that will help with sequencing and counting to four!
Life cycle activities are a great way to work on sequencing as they connect with nature. And, these printable life cycle counting mats are a great way to strengthen motor skills while practicing counting and building numbers to four.
When you teach preschoolers about life cycles, you help them understand the world around them as they connect with nature.
These playdough counting mats add a fun hands-on math component.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity for Preschoolers
You’ve don’t want to miss these life cycle counting mats as you begin planning your butterfly themed activities!
These mats provide a wonderful opportunity to review the life cycle of a butterfly while counting, working on one-to-one correspondence, and strengthening fine motor skills.
This activity is no-prep making it perfect or busy preschool moms and teachers. All you’ll need to do is print and go! You can also laminate for durability, but that’s optional.
There are so many ways to teach kids the life cycle of a butterfly. You can use plastic figures, or you can introduce the life cycle with a collection of great life cycle books.
HOW TO USE THE COUNTING MATS
Each playdough mat features a large numeral, a number word, life cycle images, and a counting frame.
Have your child put the mats in order. Review the life cycle stages on each one. Then, have your child build the number and the number word with playdough. They can also write them for a little handwriting practice.
Then, use playdough to build the eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly as you discuss the stages of the life cycle.
Finally, have them fill the counting frame with playdough balls as they count aloud.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT BUTTERFLIESFill your book basket with a great collection of books about butterflies. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore. If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Butterflies – Curious kids ages 3 to 7 will be excited to learn about the magical world of butterflies: their beauty, their importance to plant life, and their incredible metamorphosis and migration. Pinkalicious and the Little Butterfly – Pinkalicious is so excited when Miss Penny brings monarch caterpillars to class. She makes friends with one and watches as it turns into a pinkamazing butterfly! Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors – Lucy sees a beautiful butterfly in the garden, along with a bright green beetle, a brilliant blue dragonfly, some red ladybugs, and many more flying and crawling things. But when will the radiant butterfly appear again?
RESOURCES I LOVEThis wooden butterfly puzzle brain game will promote hand-eye coordination, develop problem-solving skills and improve matching skills. In addition, it can stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity. This beautiful butterfly lacing toy is great for practicing the sewing motion. It’s made of solid cherry wood, and finished with my homemade organic beeswax polish. The “needle” is attached to the natural cotton “thread” to make it easy to poke through the holes.
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