Posts Tagged ‘butterflies’

Butterfly Literature

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 by by

We picked up some books from the library to go along with our butterfly themed learning activities this week. Both Jonah and Eve really enjoy reading and looking at these books, because the pages are so colorful!

Waiting For Wings by Lois Ehlert: I really enjoy Lois Ehlert’s children’s literature. The stories have a nice calming rhythm and explain things that children encounter every day in a simple yet elegant way. The illustrations are unique and captivating. Jonah really likes to turn the pages in this book because they vary in size, overlapping pictures over several pages. The story tells the tale of how an egg turns into a butterfly.

My Butterfly Book (a Smithsonian board book): (more…)


Butterfly Art

Monday, August 1st, 2011 by by

In the fall, during wooly bear season, I shared a fun caterpillar craft. That would have been a fun activity that would have more of a creative element than the following activities, but since we still have that caterpillar hanging on our fridge, I decided to choose a craft activity that encompasses the entire life cycle of a butterfly. Although it is less open ended, it demonstrates all four stages of a butterfly’s life in a way that kids identify with and find fun.

We created a diagram of a butterfly’s life cycle by using pasta!

We used four different shapes to represent each stage. Ditalini for the eggs, penne for the caterpillars, shells for the chrysalis, and farfalle (bowtie) for the butterflies! I used a green marker to divide a piece of printer paper into four rectangles and labeled each section with the appropriate stage. I also drew a leaf in three of the sections, and clouds and the sun in the section for the butterflies. Older kids can do this step themselves, or you can use cut outs for your child to glue on by themselves.

I got a book that Jonah is very familiar with, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and we went through the book talking about when the caterpillar was an egg, a caterpillar, a cocoon, and a butterfly. I was impressed that Jonah was able to name each stage while talking about the story.

After having him identify the stage, I asked him which pasta was shaped like that. For example, (more…)

Butterfly Songs

Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by by

I found this song on Youtube and created different colored butterfly di-cuts to use on our magnet board. The song is really simple to learn, and you can create a variety of different colors to use in the song by attaching a self-sticking magnet strip to the back of paper di-cuts.

We have also been doing this fingerplay:

There was a little caterpillar crawling all about.
He worked and he worked and worked all day without a single doubt.
(Index finger wiggling)

Wrapping himself in a snug cocoon.
Waiting and waiting, will it be soon?
(Cover index finger with other hand.)

Look, he’s coming out, my oh my!
For now he’s become a beautiful butterfly.
(Cross thumbs and let fingers be fingers be butterfly wings.)

Butterflies!An Introduction

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 by by

This week, we are talking about butterflies! To get started, we took a couple of field trips. During breakfast, I asked Jonah if he’s ever seen butterflies in our yard. I asked him what colors of butterflies he’s seen? Were they big or little? How many has he seen? What were they doing when he saw them? Where were they?

Then we headed outside to see if we could observe butterflies in our yard.

We looked all around our yard. While we were able to observe quite a bit of nature, we only saw one white butterfly, for a fleeting moment.

Because we didn’t see very many butterflies in our yard, we headed to the Cleveland Zoo, (more…)


Butterflies, Wishes, and Walks

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 by by

Where does one begin when thoughts are circling through ones head a mile a minute?  I suppose I will start with the kids are such a joy this week.

They have starting to raise butterflies.  The little caterpillars arrived, and we watched them eat and grow, eat and grow.  We watched as the cocooned themselves, and David cried as one was knocked down and died.  We transferred these tiny little cocoons into the mesh home that came for them.  We will enjoy these little guys while we are able, and we eagerly await them emerging from their cocoon.

To me, it reminds me of each of my children.

David… he has blossomed into a wise inventive, creative, and compassionate young man.  At 9 yrs old, he is pushing and pushing to break free of the boundaries we have laid for him and find some independence in the big world.  He strives to be bigger, better, to make a difference.  He has gone from my shy little guy to a very outgoing young man who tells everyone whose anyone in his world whats on his mind.

Melanie… she has gone from my shy little princess who struggles to find words to a young lady who will tell you whats on her mind… even if she has to kick and scream to get her point across.  Her love for family is immense, and her heart feels like no 5 yr old I have ever seen.  She feels everything with a depth beyond her years. (more…)

Butterfly release

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 by by

There was one butterfly that didn’t emerge until this morning, and it was exceptionally cooperative for pictures. I felt like it was Cora’s gift. I knew there was a reason it snowed yesterday. She wanted me to give that last one a chance.


We have butterflies!!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 by by

Two of our butterflies “hatched” this afternoon.  The other 3 won’t be too far behind.  It looks like we’ll have butterflies to release on Cora’s birthday!  I’m so excited!!


Might, maybe, may

Monday, April 25th, 2011 by by

So, our caterpillars are forming chrysalids!  They started yesterday.  The information says that it takes 7-10 days in the chrysalis before they come out as butterflies, and Cora’s birthday was 11 days from yesterday, 10 days from today.

So we might actually have butterflies for Cora’s birthday!  I’m not expecting it, but I’m allowing myself a little bit of hope.

Awesome Butterfly Moments

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 by by

With spring, comes the study of butterflies. I put together a Butterfly Unit Study for our homeschool co-op, with loads of activities I’ll share here, along with the books and crafts we used at home. In addition, we had a fabulous field trip with a huge group of homeschoolers to the Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens.

One of our favorite crafts at home was “From Caterpillar to Chrysalis to Butterfly.” Using a stick from your latest outdoor adventure walk, simply use the small branches to build each stage on. We used green pipe cleaner for the caterpilar, brown Bend-a-roos for the chrysalis, and pink pipe cleaner and decorated paper bags for the butterfly. Also, here is a print-out to color of the Butterfly Life Cycle.



Sunday, April 17th, 2011 by by

So our caterpillars finally arrived yesterday.  I’ve accepted the fact that they probably won’t be ready for Cora’s birthday.  I’ve decided we’ll have a picnic dinner at the park, have cupcakes, and fly our kite on Cora’s birthday, and then we’ll release the butterflies for her whenever they’re ready.  That way she gets two days.