Mini Monets and Mommies: Butterfly Life Cycle Kids' Art Activity

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Butterfly Life Cycle Kids' Art Activity

The butterfly life cycle is a favorite when it comes to kids’ science themes. In my other-then-blogging job, I spend a lot (I mean a lot) of time talking to preschool teachers about their science and art lesson plans. I would say that a good 98 percent do some sort of life cycle project at some point (usually the spring) during the school year. Whether you’re a teacher, mom or dad—you can get artsy with the child in your life, creating this caterpillar to butterfly kids’ craft!
Science project

We’ve done those circular drawings with the arrows pointing from stage to stage since my son could pick up a pencil. So, after years of doing drawings I thought, “Why not try something a bit different?”. This is super-simple, and so much fun.

And, on to the art-making…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Thick craft sticks

·        Model Magic

·        Clear-drying school glue

·        Googley eyes

·        Pipe cleaners

·        A marker

·        Scissors

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Wrap a few different pipe cleaners sound the craft stick. Start at the bottom, leaving a little room for the caterpillar’s head.

2.     Continue wrapping until your child covers the whole stick.

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3.     Roll a piece of Model Magic into a ball.

4.     Press the ball onto the top part of the craft stick, making a head. If it doesn’t stick on its own, your child can dab a dot of glue under it.

5.     Glue on two googley eyes and draw a mouth with the marker.

6.     Cut a pipe cleaner into thirds. Bend it into a ‘V’ shape. Glue the bottom of the “V’ to the back of the caterpillar’s head to make antennas.

Pipe cleaner art

Life Cycle
Your child has a caterpillar! Now it’s time to grow into a butterfly. Wrap it up in tissue paper to make a chrysalis.

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Now the caterpillar can turn into a butterfly…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        The caterpillar craft

·        Clear-drying school glue

·        Craft feathers

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Position the craft stick vertically.

2.     Dot glue onto the back of the craft stick.

3.     Press craft feathers onto the glue to make wings.
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The caterpillar has now magically transformed into a butterfly and your child has gotten to explore the life cycle.

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  1. Brilliant idea. I love the idea of putting it into a chrysalis too. My 4yo is getting really interested in nature atm so I am thinking this is a winner....

  2. Such a CUTE and creative idea! Love it! We are watching real caterpillars turn into butterflies at our house and it is amazing! Thanks for linking up at Everything Early Childhood!

  3. This is very cute! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you join us again next week!

  4. Hi! I featured your post in Learn & Play Link Up. Thank you for sharing your wonderful activity. Hope you will join us again next week. :D