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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

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