Butterflies all around the classroom

Spring is my favorite time of the time of year.  Everything awakens and returns to life!  Trees begin begin to bloom as the grass slowly turns to green.  Birds return with their familiar song.  And butterflies emerge.  Spring is a wonderful time to explore butterflies and their life cycles!  Today I am sharing some great ways to learn about butterflies all around the classroom…

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Read It!

We like to begin our day with circle time and a good book.  One of our favorite books to read about the butterfly life cycle is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle…

The very Hungry Caterpillar and Activity | Teach Preschool

Sing It!

We like to include in our circle time a song or fingerplay.  This is a fun action song by Deborah to get your children moving!

Look at the Butterflies
Oh, look at the butterflies in the sky.
Spread their wings and start to fly.
I’ll sneak up close and try to catch,
One little butterfly in my net!
(Repeat changing the number to two, three, four, and five)
Dr. Jean also shares some fun butterfly lifecycle songs and fingerplays!  You can find them by clicking over to Dr. Jean‘s Music .

Create It!

Art is a fun way to explore a new concept!  There is so much inspiration available for creating caterpillars and butterflies that I had a difficult time narrowing down what I would share with you today.  I love these “Very Hungry Caterpillar” inspired tissue paper caterpillars

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Activity | Teach Preschool

And these colorful caterpillars are great for learning about circles…

Our beautiful butterfly foldover paintings  are a super way to explore butterfly markings and the concept of symmetry…

Beautiful butterfly fold-overs by Teach Preschool

Act it Out!

We have a small puppet theater in our classroom that our children play with everyday.  I think that they would just love to create their very own hungry caterpillar puppet like this one from Classified Mom

Butterflies around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Dress it Up

I don’t know of a child that doesn’t enjoy dress up or role play.  Fun at Home with Kids let her daughter help create her very own dress up set with  these gorgeous DIY cardboard butterfly wings

Butterflies around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Grow It

Racheous Lovable Learning shares her family’s experience of growing a monarch butterfly from a chrysalis.  We are planning on ordering a butterfly kit for our classroom this year and Rachel’s experience has me really excited to share this process with our class!  Read about Rachel’s post on learning about butterfly life cycles

Butterflies around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Write It!

Maureen over at Strongstart has also shared her class’ experience growing caterpillars.  They documented their findings in journals.  She also shares many other great extension activities. Read more on how to journal the experience

Butterflies around the classroom by Teach Preschool

Feel It!

Sensory play is an important part of preschool!  These butterfly sensory bags would be great to make with a toddler class…

Butterfly Sensory Bags by Teach Preschool

Or add some fun props to your playdough for your preschoolers to  create their own sparkly, squishy butterflies…

Snack on It!

And after all that butterfly exploration around the classroom, your children will surely enjoy the opportunity to create their own butterfly snack

Butterfly Snack

I hope that these butterfly activities will inspire you as you continue to build on the interests of your own students.  For even more inspiration, please visit our Pinterest board

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By |2014-04-03T06:00:48+00:00April 3rd, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Thank you so much for including our learning experience! Exploring the butterfly life cycle is magical! I love all of the other ideas you have shared!!

  2. gloria April 20, 2014 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    This is wonderful, so cute congratulation for you work and thanks for sharing

  3. Melanie Edwards May 26, 2014 at 1:47 am - Reply

    A wonderful song finger play for butterflies is roughly sung to the tune of Mary had a Red Dress. Here is the tiny egg, tiny egg, tiny egg, Here is the tiny egg (Hands in a fist then pop them open) Then Pop! Out comes the caterpillar, caterpillar, caterpillar, Out comes the caterpillar (we walk our fingers) then Yawn! (we Yawn then clap the next verse. ) Next comes the chrysalis, chrysalis, chrysalis, next comes the chrysalis, then wow. (Hands up in the air then flap as wings.) Out comes the butterfly, butterfly, butterfly, Out comes the butterfly, Fly away (And we extend the fly as long as we have breath, flapping our hands quickly) The kids love it and learn the life cycle at the same time.

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