I have done a few different cycles with the kids this year. We started with the water cycle, then moved to the life cycle of bees, and now are busy with the life cycle of the butterfly.
YouTube has countless videos on the life cycle of the butterfly and it is actually rather fascinating. The kids get so engrossed in the process and we end up spending ages watching different videos, researching different butterflies.
You can start introducing these cycles at any age. Toddlers may not fully understand or remember the terms but they will take the information in and when you do it again, you will be surprised with that they remember.
Of course, we had to do a butterfly life cycle craft to illustrate the cycle. we broke it up into two separate crafts. It gave us more time to talk about the cycle, what happens to the caterpillar.
What you need:
- Wooden pegs
- A mix of different colour and size pom poms
- Googly eyes
How to put it all together.
- Arrange the pompoms on top of the pegs. Use the bigger pompom for the head and then the smaller ones for the body.
- Glue the pompoms on. Use a liquid craft, it works much better.
- Stick on the eyes.
- Voila, you have cute little caterpillars.
What you need
- Sheets of coloured cardboard
- Butterfly template (download our template)
- Green pipe cleaners
- Dot stickers
- Black marker
How to put it all together
- Trace the template and cut out the butterflies.
- Let the kids decorate them using the dot stickers.
- You can make a few different types of butterflies
- Option One: Take 3 different colour butterflies that you have cut out. Fold them in half and then glue each butterfly on top of another one along the middle. Glue the pipe cleaners in between two sheets as antennas. Draw the body of the butterfly. Fold up the wings of each butterfly.
- Option Two: Fold the butterfly in half, glue the one half onto a plain piece of paper. Decorate the half not glued on. Cut out a thin rectangle of cardboard for the body, curl over one end for the head and glue onto the paper. Draw on a face and antennae. Decorate the page with flowers.
We have a fun butterfly coloring-in page you can also download.