Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity for Preschoolers

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 activities for preschoolers!

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.


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.


This 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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