By Christina Rossetti
Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry
Take your walk
To the shady leaf or stalk
Or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot.
No toad spy you,
Hovering birds of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.
Print the poem. After reading the poem have the children
draw an illustration for the poem. Click here for a printer friendly
version of the poem "The
Caterpilar" A new window will open.
3D Butterfly Collage
Give each child a circular piece of construction paper divided into
four parts. Have the children use yarn, Q-tips, scraps of construction
paper, and tissue paper to make a 3D collage of a butterfly's life
Need: clothespin, coffee filter, watercolors, paintbrush, water
Start by letting the children paint the clothespin, then
set it aside to dry. Spread the coffee filter out on the table, and
assist the children as they paint the filter a variety of colors. When
the filter is dry, you scrunch it up and clip it with the clothespin.
By doing this, a butterfly is formed!
You may glue a magnetic strip on the back to make a magnet,
or hang the butterflies from the ceiling. You may feel free to add
wiggly eyes and pipe cleaner antennae.
Contributed By: April N.
Paint Blob Butterflies
Different colors of paint, butterfly pattern.
Have children place a small dot of paint on only one side of the
butterfly. Then fold the paper in half and squish down.
Children can continue to fold the paper many different ways
(horizontal, vertical, diagonal) to create lovely butterflies that
looks the same on each wing.
When dry children can cut the butterfly out. Use for
displays in the room.
Butterfly Shape (print out)
Hungry Caterpillar-Tissue College
A literature/art lesson for the story by Eric Carle.
Symmetry-Patterns in Nature (use butterfly shape
Create a butterfly to demonstrate bilateral symmetry.
When done have the children try to balance their butterflies on their
Materials Needed: construction paper shapes for each child:
square, circle, rectangle, ovals, diamonds(rhombus), triangles
Introduce children to the word symmetry.
Have a pattern already made for them to observe of the
foldings. Have the children to see how many times their shapes can be
folded evenly. This makes for a great fine motor skill while intoducing
Contributed by: Karen Wilson
Coloring pages that shows the life cycle of the
A Butterfly Alphabet
How many words can you make from butterfly and caterpillar?
Is a butterfly an insect mini book.
Hungry caterpillar ruler.
Online Caterpillar and Butterfly Jigsaw Puzzles
Butterfly color pages
Very Hungry Catterpillar mini book
Butterfly shape notepaper
Watch a butterfly, a cicada, water bugs, and a dragonfly evolve into new forms.
Insect Art and Ornaments
Make a butterfly, caterpillar, and ladybut.
Life Cycle Mobile
Butterfly Word Search (pdf)
Butterfly Wordsearch and Crosswords
and butterfly color page.
Color by Number (1-6)
connent the dots (1-39)
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include your favorite butterfly activity in this theme!