Friday, June 6, 2014

Caterpillars and Butterflies!

Caterpillars and Butterflies
Projects and Learning Activities
Caterpillar Patterns
I cut out circles from two different colors of construction paper.
Tana and Joey made the AB pattern and glued the circles onto a half sheet of paper to make the caterpillar.  We added facial features and feet to finish the project.

Plastic Egg Caterpillar
Here is another fun pattern activity.  
I separated plastic Easter eggs (2 colors for each child).
We strung two pipe cleaners through the holes in the plastic eggs.  I secured the ends by twisting the pipe cleaners.  Tana and Joey worked hard to make their AB patterns.  We glued on googly eyes and bent the pipe cleaner to make the caterpillar's antenna.
We used 9 full plastic eggs for each caterpillar.  The end egg is a full egg. the rest of the caterpillar is made from plastic egg halves.

Hand Print Butterfly
Cut out a body for the butterfly from black construction paper.
Glue on googly eyes and pipe cleaner antenna.
Paint both hands red and press onto yellow paper.
Repeat with blue paint.  
When the hand prints are dry, cut around the prints and glue the hand prints to the back of the body to make the butterfly's wings.

Clothespin and Tulle Butterfly
Paint a clothespin - any color
Let dry and then decorate with markers, more paint or foam stickers!
Cut any color tulle to fit for the wings. I had leftover pink tulle that was already cut into smaller pieces!
Cut a pipe cleaner into a 5 inch piece.  Fold it in half.
Open the clothespin and place the tulle inside.  Do the same with the pipe cleaner.

Band Aid Butterflies
Use a square piece of gauze and press a colorful band aid over it to make a butterfly.  Draw on the antenna for each butterfly!
Keely's Project

Tana and Joey!

Butterfly Life Cycle
I cut out leaf shapes from green paper
Explain the butterfly life cycle
Glue 4 leaves to a strip of construction paper.
On the first leaf glue on a small bean for the egg
On the 2nd leaf glue on a spiral noodle for the caterpillar
On the 3rd leaf glue on a piece of shell pasta for the chrysalis
on the 4th leaf glue on bow-tie pasta for the butterfly.
I also printed off labels to glue on to each leaf!

Butterfly Name and Numbers
Skills:  number order, number recognition
name recognition, letter recognition
I cut out butterfly shapes from construction paper
I wrote the numbers 1-5 for Tana and Joey's name for Joey!
They glued their butterfly cut-outs to their strips of paper.

Paper Chain Caterpillar
Skills:  patterns, colors
Cut strips of colored paper 
Link the strips together in a pattern to make a Caterpillar!
Cut skinny strips for the antenna and draw on facial features

Butterfly Matching - File Folder Game
This is one of my File Folder games.  I've shown it on my blog a couple of times.  This is a great matching activity!!
Here is the original link to this Beautiful Butterflies Matching Activity

Hand Print and Name Butterflies
Paint both hands with two different colors
Press both hands onto a piece of construction paper.  You can overlap the thumbs
When dry, draw on the butterfly body and write the child's name!