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After teaching your preschoolers about butterflies, let them assemble this simple life cycle of a butterfly craft.
They’ll love using this life cycle sequencing necklace to retell how a butterfly changes and grows.
This simple life cycle craft is part of a larger life cycle of a butterfly printable that is jam-packed with activities to help you teach how butterflies grow.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly Craft
Teaching preschoolers about life cycles is a good way to help them understand their world. It’s also the perfect way to help them connect to nature.
After teaching your preschoolers about the life cycle of a butterfly, use resources that reinforce what you’ve taught. You can provide access to plastic butterfly models and life cycle puzzles as visual aids.
You should also give them an opportunity to tell others what they’ve learned. One fun way to do this is to have them make this life cycle sequencing necklace.
Print out one necklace page for each child. Have them color the necklace charms and cut them out. Now, have them put those charms in order to correlate with the four stages of a butterfly’s life.
See if they can remember the names of each stage as they put the pieces in order.
Provide a piece of string or yarn large enough to fit around their neck loosely. You want it loose enough for it to slip over their head when tied and not be a choking hazard.
Demonstrate to kids how to fold the tab over the yarn and tape the flap on the back of each charm. Continue until all four charms are strung in the correct order.
Now, let them wear their necklace for the day and tell anyone they meet what they’ve learned about the life cycle of a butterfly.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT BUTTERFLIES
Fill 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 LOVE
This wooden butterfly puzzle 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. Wooden Lacing boards are great for fine motor development and hand eye coordination.
Spring and summer are the best time of year to study butterflies. This printable features nine life cycle of a butterfly activities for early learners.