Monarch Butterflies Craft and Activity Book

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?

First I did some research online and found pictures and information that I thought they would enjoy. I put all the info in a Word Document and added some activities that I made so that the information I found could be more interactive. I printed a copy for each of them and then stapled the corners to make a workbook. Here is the document if you’d like to print it for yourself:

Monarch Butterflies

(If that link isn’t working, click HERE for the PDF)

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:

butterfly life cycle

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

Step One:
Using your pen, divide your plate into 4 equal parts.

Step Two:
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 2010monarch butterfyl

About Stephanie

Stephanie is the creator of Somewhat Simple. She is married to her her best friend and together they are raising 4 sweet kids who keep them busy, but make life fun! They are Orange County transplants who are now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, and creating simple projects in her "spare time."


  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. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    What a great idea! My daughter will love this- thanks!

  3. my daughter did this for school. what a fun way to learn about butterflies

  4. so cute! I'm totally gonna use this next year for Kate's preschool!

  5. ificould says:

    Very cute!! Thanks for sharing the doc- great job!

  6. This is SO cute!! Definitely going in my I {heart} Friday post this week!!

  7. Makalani Adolpho, PLC says:

    Great idea for something to do with the kiddies.

  8. the overloaded mommy says:

    I love this idea!

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


  9. Cute idea! My kids would enjoy learning about butterflies. Thanks!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!:)

  14. Hi! Thanks for this great post… I’ve shared it on Facebook. Have you seen my children’s picture book “AMAZING MATILDA: A Monarch’s Tale”? It follows the monarch life cycle its tale inspires kids to reach for their dreams. It’s on sale right now I’m following you by email! GREAT SITE… Bette


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