A few summers ago the kids and I were playing outside and my 2 youngest (ages 3 and 2 at the time) were fascinated by all the butterflies flying around. I put together a fun Monarch Butterflies craft and activity that would teach them just a bit more about those “flying objects” they were seeing around our yard. Even my 7 year old had fun with this project, proof that this activity was age appropriate and fun for each of them. After all, what kid doesn’t love butterflies?
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After we finished learning about the butterflies, it was time to make a craft. My 1st grader brought home a fun project this year that I thought would go perfectly with this lesson, so special thanks to Miss Lee for the fun idea! I just changed it up a little. Here is what we made:
. Pasta- Rotini, Shells & Bowtie
. White Beans
. Paper Plates
. Twigs and leaves
. Labels- Eggs, Caterpillar, Chrysalis, Butterfly
Using your pen, divide your plate into 4 equal parts.
Begin gluing your items down on each part of the plate.
First Space- “Eggs”
1 leaf with 3 white beans
Second Space- “Caterpillar”
1 leaf with 1 rotini pasta
Third Space- “Chrysalis”
1 twig with 1 shell pasta
Fourth Space- “Butterfly”
1 bowtie pasta. Draw antennae with your pen
And that’s it! Fun and educational!
This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in June 2010