Monarch Butterflies Craft and Activity Book


Any fans of Eric Carle in the house???  The book I want to highlight today happens to be my youngest son’s favorite book right now. Even at age two, Mason can recite this book word-for-word and he absolutely loves it. Have you read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”?

Years ago the kids and I were playing outside and my 2 youngest children at the time (ages 3 and 2) were fascinated by all the butterflies flying around. So with the help of some of my old teaching resources, I put together a fun Monarch Butterflies craft and activity book that would teach them just a bit more about those “flying objects” they were seeing around our yard.  Now, as I see how much Mason LOVES his caterpillar book, I decided to pull out the materials to make it once more. We are 2 for 2 on the success of this craft- all the kids loved it… again!

Here is the craft:  The Life Cycle of The Monarch Butterfly


Materials Needed: 

  • Pasta- Rotini, Shells & Bowtie
  • White Beans
  • Paper Plates
  • Twigs and leaves
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Labels- Eggs, Caterpillar, Chrysalis, Butterfly



  1. Using your pen, divide your plate into 4 equal parts.
  2. Add your labels and arrows showing the flow of the lifecycle.
  3. 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


Easy enough, right???

Here is the workbook:  The Monarch Butterfly


6 printable pages with information and activities all about the Monarch Butterfly.

(Click HERE to download your FREE copy)

And that’s it! Fun and educational!

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in June 2010 but was updated in July 2014

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. 2littlehooligans says

    thank you, this is great! every year we gather a few caterpillars, make them a home and watch them go through the phases. Once they become butterflies we let them go. This will be a great activity to add in there. Im always looking for great kids activities, thanks!

  2. the overloaded mommy says

    I love this idea!

    Just wanted to let you know I gave you two awards on my blog :)


  3. Melissa says

    What a brilliant craft idea…clever and fun.

    We raise a butterfly or two every year…As long as you give them fresh food daily it is super simple and it is so fun to watch them hatch from their chrysalis, pump their wings full of blood, and fly away.

  4. Lyndsay says

    This is fantastic!! I am new to your site and was just browsing around and came across this post. This is will be terrific when we get to flying animals in Science. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Caterina says

    I am having a hard time downloading the information you put together for the Monarch Butterflies. Is there any other way you can send me the information? Thanks so much. My kids are going to love this!

  6. says

    This is adorable! I found the picture of the life cycle on pinterest and it linked here, but I couldn’t see the picture here..? I will still follow the directions and do it with my kids!:)

  7. Crystal says

    I love the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar!! It was one of my girls favorites growing up!! Love the craft!!

  8. Haley says

    Oh I love this. My son’s kindergarten class had some caterpillars that they got to watch turn into butterflies and then release. They did some life cycle things like this but not quite as cute….just saying.