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BLAST Early Learning
Caterpillars and Butterflies

Books:

Arabella Miller's Tiny CaterpillarArabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett
A little girl feeds a tiny caterpillar and watches him grow into a butterfly.


Guess Who ChangesGuess Who Changes by Sharon Gordon
Clues about the butterfly's life cycle, physical
characteristics, and habitat lead the reader to guess what animal is being described.

 

Fingerplay:

The Caterpillar
The fuzzy little caterpillar went up into a tree
(index finger “caterpillar” climbs up other arm “tree”)
Spun his chrysalis and then (yawn) went to sleep (close hand around)
While he was sleeping he dreamt that he could fly (making flying motion)
When he woke up (loud, excited) he was a butterfly.

 

Activity:

Caterpillar and Butterfly Exercises

Act out the different stages of caterpillars and butterflies

 

Vocabulary Word:

chrysalis: n. a hard shell or cocoon encasing a moth or butterfly in the pupal stage; pupa.

 

Activities:

Math: Butterfly Flannel-board Game
Select several colors of felt, such as red, yellow, blue, and orange. From each color, cut out one flower shape and one butterfly shape. Place the flower shapes on a flannelboard and give the butterfly shapes to your children. Then let them take turns placing the butterflies on the matching colored flowers.

Math: Butterfly Match

Create several different colored butterflies. Cut them in half and then have your children match the butterfly halves.

Art: Butterfly Ink Blot
Cut out a butterfly shape on white paper, the shape should be symmetrical. Fold the paper in half, and ask the child to paint half of the butterfly. When the child is finished, ask him/her to press the paper halves together, so that both sides will look the same. Let the child rub the folded paper. Open the paper, and you have a butterfly with matching wings.

Science: Butterfly Life Cycle Mobile
Supplies: Many colors of construction paper, oak tag, or gift wrap, pencil, scissors, yarn, glue stick, a sturdy paper plate, markers, crayons, or paint, and a stapler or tape.

  • Draw a spiral on a paper plate.
  • Cut along the line.
  • Decorate the paper plate using markers, crayons, or paint.
  • Using green construction paper, draw a leaf and cut it out.
  • Either draw tiny butterfly eggs on it or glue on tiny paper circles (either cut them out or use a hole punch to make some). A cluster of butterfly eggs are usually laid on the underside of a leaf; the eggs are white or yellow or greenish, and are circular to oval.
  • Draw and cut out a caterpillar and decorate it.
  • Draw and cut out a pupa and decorate it (the stage during which the caterpillar makes a protective case around itself and turns into a butterfly)
  • To make butterfly wings, fold a small piece of paper in half, and draw half a butterfly along the fold line.
  • Using dark paper, make a body for your butterfly (it's basically a long oval with a circular head).
  • Glue the body to the wings and decorate your butterfly.
  • Staple or tape the stages in the butterfly's life cycle to string and then to the paper plate.
  • Attach another short length of string to the plate; it will be used to hang the mobile.
  • You now have a great butterfly life cycle mobile!
 

Literature:

Clara CaterpillarClara Caterpillar
by Pamela Duncan Edwards; illustrated by Henry Cole
By camouflaging herself, Clara Caterpillar, who becomes a cream-colored butterfly, courageously saves Catisha the crimson-colored butterfly from a hungry crow.

 

Waiting for WingsWaiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

With rhyming text and colorful collages, questions about the life cycle of the butterfly are answered. Full-color illustrations

 

Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Don't Worry BearDon't Worry Bear by Greg Foley

A caterpillar reassures a worried bear that they will see each other again when the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon.