The life cycle of the butterfly can be a wonderful educational experience for kids. You can purchase inexpensive butterfly growing kits online, or can make a lesson out of the ones that come to visit your yard. Either way, butterflies offer lessons in science, math, and even the environment as a whole. Take a look below at 5 butterfly themed educational activities for kids that you can enjoy with your children. They are so easy, frugal, and fun to enjoy!
1. The Butterfly Life Cycle
Butterflies grow in a very distinct circle of development. They start off as a caterpillar, then morph into a chrysalis, then open up into a butterfly. This change is quite dramatic from start to finish! Take the time to study this developmental cycle. Observe and research caterpillars, the various chrysalises, then finished butterflies. Note the changes that the butterfly’s body goes through. You can then create your own butterfly life cycle using sketches or cut out images of the three stages and some poster board.
2. Butterfly Math
Butterflies are a great tool to use when teaching math skills such as symmetry and measurement. You can find various pictures of butterflies in books and use them as samples to measure. This will not only help kids get an idea of their size and wing span, but give them practice with tools of measurement. When teaching symmetry, butterflies are wonderful examples of an object having equal sides!
3. Butterfly Mobile
Find pictures of the butterfly life cycle online or in books. Make color copies of the various cycles (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly) and cut them out. Attach them to string and tie them onto a coat hanger. You now have a very fun and visual butterfly mobile. This can be used for students to retell the life cycle of the butterfly, helping them develop a deeper understanding of the cycle and the time and order of events.
4. Butterfly Journaling*
Give children an inexpensive journal to decorate and record the happenings of butterflies either in their growing kit or own backyard. Use the journals for note taking, data recording, or even sketches. This activity helps children organize data and information as well as utilize some important writing skills.
5. Butterfly Word Wall
Introduce some new vocabulary to children when you create a butterfly word wall. On colorful note cards write new words such as chrysalis, proboscis, nectar, etc. These words are ones you can review often on the word wall and even draw pictures to help define.
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See how easy it can be to turn butterflies into family fun lessons? Give these activities a try and make butterflies an incredible learning experience.