By: Susan Olcott
Our family nature club, Nature Nuts, recently met and participated in this fun lesson all about butterflies…perfect for the warm spring weather we have been experiencing. You might want to try all or some of these ideas with your family and friends!
Have Fun, be creative, and please share if you add more to these ideas!
We started the day by reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and passing out the fruits in the story to each child to hold up during the reading when their particular fruit came up as an item the caterpillar ate. This was a fun way to engage the children with this wonderful classic story!
Then we made butterfly hand kites out of butterfly shaped construction paper-we just drew and cut out our own design, thin crepe paper (streamers), straws (for a proboscis) and pipe cleaner antenna. To make a hand kite you simply cut a strip of construction paper and make it into a loop-and attach it to the bottom of the paper butterfly. The children can then use this as a handle and can run around “flying” their butterflies.
Next, we wrapped the children up in towels with their butterfly hand kites. The children then pretended to be caterpillars hatching out of their cocoons into the butterflies they had made. They wiggled until their “cocoons” began to break.
Tired from the “migration”, we huddled up and read a few more butterfly poems from the great book Butterfly Poems before getting hungry and going on a hunt–a short hike– for food (flowers, seeds) and then returning to have a fruit feeding frenzy where we had a group snack of fresh fruits.
We finished by making butterfly feeders out of our plastic snack plates, punching holes and then adding string to create a hanger. Butterflies love jelly-which you can put on the feeders and hang up at home to watch and observe butterflies in your own yards and gardens.
Beach towels, Construction paper, Tape, Crepe paper, Scissors, Pipe cleaners, Colored straws, Paper bags (for collection of seeds and flowers during migration), Cut fruit, String, Plastic Plates, Hole Punch