Johnny goes to our town’s preschool. I’ve been very impressed, not only by the progress he has made, but also with the activities at his play-centered preschool.
Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft for Children
This caterpillar to butterfly craft is my favorite of the many cute crafts he has brought home. It pairs beautifuly with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To make it, you need:
- three cotton balls
- paint (they used tempera, I think)
- one coffee filter
- two googley eyes
- one clothes pin
First, glue the three cotton balls to the top of the clothes pin. Paint them green, and set aside. Take the coffee filter, draw on it with markers, and then spray with water. Let everything dry overnight. The next day, attach googley eyes. Now you have a little caterpillar! To turn your caterpillar into a butterfly, glue the now-dry coffee filter to the bottom of the clothes pin. Wrap the wings around the body of the butterfly, and slide it into an empty toilet paper roll.
You now have a butterfly inside its chrysalis, just waiting to make its entrance into the world!
Most of the crafting my kids do is open-ended, so I never know how their creations are going to turn out. But I love directed crafts like this one, that teach a hands-on lesson!
You can make this craft even more interactive by sliding the wings into the middle of the clothespin instead of gluing them on, so that you can change the butterfly back into a caterpillar and recreate the entire transformation.
Caterpillar and Butterfly Books for Kids
Here are some great caterpillar and butterfly books for kids that we love:
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- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- From Caterpillar to Butterfly
- My, Oh My! – A Butterfly!
- A Butterfly is Patient
- Where Butterflies Grow
- The Life Cycles of Butterflies
Do you have a favorite spring learning craft?