Caterpillar's & Butterflies

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Theme Ideas

Tactile Caterpillar - group activity

Make a textured caterpillar by having children glue one kind of material on pre-cut large circles. For example, use rice on one, craft feathers on one, beans, sandpaper on one, satin, etc. Make one or two circles per child. Put them all together. Add a face and legs for a large touchable caterpillar on the wall!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hi. I wanted to share an idea to go along with a spring theme. My daycare children and I learned about caterpillars and how they turn into butterflies. We first made construction paper caterpillars (I cut out 5 different colored circles). We glued them together and put their antennas and faces on. Next, we watched the video (10 minutes) "Very Hungry Caterpillar". You can read the book also if you have it handy. After we watched the video we talked about what happened to the caterpillar and the name of his "house". After our discussion, we made Mosaic butterflies out of construction paper. The kids really enjoyed this and they were pleased to tell parents what they learned that day.

~Submitted by Kerri from California

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Butterfly Dance

Give each child a colored butterfly cutout (or have the children cut them out). Have the children fly their butterflies around to cheery music. When the music stops encourage them to land their butterfly on something the same color.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Butterfly Hunt

Help the children to make butterfly nets using cardboard and citrus fruit bags. Make butterflies from rectangle of tissue paper twisted in the center. Throw them into the air and have children try to catch them with their net! The kids love to do this!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Links to other sites about Butterflies!

Caterpillar Project - Preschool Education
Music and Songs: Bugs - Preschool Education
Arts and Crafts: Bugs - Preschool Education
Games and Outdoors: Bugs - Preschool Education
Science and Sensory: Bugs - Preschool Education
Snacks: Bugs - Preschool Education
Monarch Watch Classroom - Longfellow Elementary
Monarch Watch Classroom - McKnight Elementary
Butterfly Wand - Enchanted Learning
Beautiful Butterflies - KinderArt
Caterpillar to Butterflies - Thinking Fountain
Caterpillar/Butterflies - Can Teach
Caterpillars and Butterflies Preschool Theme - Preschool Plan-It
Native Butterfly Gardening - Florida's Butterflies

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