Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Butterfly Life Cycle Activities

Butterfly Life Cycle Stages
  • egg
  • caterpillar
  • pupa
  • butterfly


~ Enchanted Learning has a printout that illustrates the above steps. To teach children about the butterfly life cycle, you can print out the worksheet and the younger students can color and cut out the cards, then arrange them in the proper sequence. Students can also make a poster or book with the cards.

~ Older students can draw a large circle in their science notebooks. Next they should divide the circle into fourths. Then they should sketch and label the butterfly life cycle steps.

~ Adults can also set up a small butterfly house in their home/classroom. After purchasing the butterfly kit, you have to mail in the coupon (that comes in the kit) to receive your live caterpillars which will live in the butterfly house and continue their process of metamorphosis. It is just an amazing process! Kids LOVE it.

Insect Lore Live Butterfly Pavillion

~Students can observe the animals and make daily entries (sketches and /or writing) into a science journal/notebook to document the butterfly life cycle.

~ You may want to take some pictures also.

~ There are lots of good books for children about butterflies that will teach/reinforce the butterfly life cycle. Plus I love posters, stuffed animals, stamps, and toys that can teach children science concepts in a fun way. Here is a sampling of resources available.

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly [With CD]  Painted Lady Butterflies (Life Cycles) The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity, a Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly (Life Cycles)    The Life Cycle of a Butterfly (Paperback) (Blastoff! Readers: Life Cycles)   Eggs, Legs, Wings: A Butterfly Life Cycle (First Graphics)

A Monarch Butterfly's Life (Nature Upclose)  Busy, Busy, Butterfly (Rourke Board Books) 
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Lifecycles)    The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book and Plush (Book&Toy)

CHARTLET THE LIFE CYCLE BUTTERFLY    Butterfly Life Cycle Laminated Poster 

Insect Lore Butterfly Life Cycle Stamps  Butterfly Life Cycle Stages

  Insect Lore Butterfly Giant Life Cycle Puzzle   BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE STAMP

 Kids Preferred The World of Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar Bean Bag Toy  Kids Preferred The World of Eric Carle Butterfly Hand Puppet

~ Scholastic Study Jams has a short slide show showing beautiful pictures of different animals (including the butterfly) with information about their life cycles
Click Here: Scholastic Study Jams - Animal Life Cycles

~ Here are some links to videos that also explain the butterfly life cycle.



  1. New Follower From Thursday Cup of Joe. I am a homeschool mom and we are going to be doing the butterfly cycle this year. This is was the perfect post for me! Thanks!

  2. Visiting from Thursday Cup of Joe and now Follow you via GFC:)

    Thanks for all the butterfly info!

    I also co-host a weekly Wednesday Block Party Hop if you would like to join in the Fun!

    ~ Jill

  3. Thanks Tifaine and Jill. I sent you both an email.
    Marcia :)

  4. My kids and I did the butterfly habitat over the summer and we really enjoyed it.

    I'm following you from the Thursday Cup of Joe. You can find me at

  5. Check out my 'final exam' for caterpillars to butterflies theme week:

    1. Thanks for stopping by Brenna. I look forward to visiting your site. Butterflies are such an awesome topic for kids!



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