So it’s that time of year again, we’ve bought a new batch of Caterpillars, for our InsectLore Live Butterfly Garden Kit, we wrote a post about it back in 2016, which you can read here. We’re huge fans of the Butterfly Garden and the experience it brings children at home. We’ve used it as the perfect excuse to bring some science and learning into our after nursery activities. I’ve found both boys and girls are genuinely so interested in how the caterpillars evolve into butterflies.
Today I’m going to share with you an activity that we did looking at the Life Cycle of a Butterfly in greater detail.
You will need:
- 1 paper plate
- paper for leaves etc.
- or real leaves and twigs,
- pen/pencil for writing labels
- a selection of different types of pasta. Orzo for the eggs, fusilli for the caterpillars, shell shaped pasta otherwise known as conchiglie, and farfalle (bow ties, or in this case butterflies)!
- glue – pva or stronger to help stick those pasta shapes.
Like many wonderful arts and crafts activities, this was inspired by Pinterest (source). This was an adult led activity – however my Little One, decided no adult help was necessary after we’d talked through the 4 stages. He didn’t want to add any titles or captions, and wanted to do numbers instead, I was totally okay with that. Now of course we don’t have such a picture perfect, Pinterest ready creation, but I love it all the more. We collected some leaves and twigs together to start off this project, which was a fun task in itself, (I mean there’s so much more you can do with PVA, leaves and sticks, but we’ll save that for another day.
The main aim of this activity was to discuss the life cycle of a butterfly, we picked up lots of new words along the way, and learned about the different shapes that nature forms for us.
We also found this colouring sheet handy for younger children/ whilst a sibling is busy sticking. (source). Why not print off a few as a starting activity to get children in the mood.
We’ve so many other butterfly activities here at pocketnannies – including a visit to Sensational Butterfly Garden at the Natural History Museum (read that post here), Butterfly Patterns (here) and Coffee Filter Butterflies, (here).
There’s Half Term activities pretty much sorted for you.. 🙂
What are your favourite butterfly themed arts & crafts activties?