We have had so much fun with these butterfly kits. This is our first time doing them with London, but I definitely see this becoming a summer tradition at the House of Loo. It is the first thing London wants to do when she wakes up in the morning and before she crawls in bed she tells me what she thinks will happen while she is sleeping . It’s been such a treat with all this extra time we’ve been spending at home.
If you are interested in adding a butterfly kit to your home, we bought this one. BUT, it seems like the price fluctuates quite a bit so check back frequently if it’s over $45. You could also just buy the butterfly habitat and live caterpillars separate to be more cost effective. Up to you. we’ve been very please with the whole kit, but I can also tell you that we didn’t spend over $40 on this!
To help make this more interactive we did a few other activities
- Reading List
- Circle Time/Movement
The journal is something I actually created using canva. It is super simple and easy for kiddos to do with little assistance. There is a space for you to pick out what stage or life your caterpillar/butterfly is in, a square to draw what you see and then a space for a caption. I had London draw and then tell me what she saw and I would write it down. She really enjoyed this! There was also a page to write stories or additional journal entries, again I just had London tell me a story and I would write it down. If your kiddo is recognizing letters and starting to write then you can use these sheets for sight words or letter practice as well. For us it was a great way for us to talk about what we were observing and for London to ask questions and have conversations.
Luckily for us the library opened just in time for out caterpillars to arrive. It took a bit longer and there wasn’t as much of a selection but here’s what we did get and loved. This was a narrow selection but the books added some magic and some education to caterpillars and butterflies.
Butterfly Reading List
- Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin
- Face to Face with Butterflies by Darlene Murawski
- Butterfly Park by Elly MacKay
- Butterfly Dreams by Clive McFarland
- Butterfly Eyes & Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Another great resource we used was caterpillar and butterfly arts and crafts. A couple weeks ago I posted about the paper plate caterpillar and butterfly puppets we made. Last week London worked on some sewing and we didn’t really keep with the theme, but here are a list of a couple other arts and crafts I had on our list to recreate and play with.
The final piece to our Butterly Puzzle is movement! My sister sent my this cute little butterfly yoga sequence for kids that walks through the life cycle as well. We had fun playing around with this one! I usually do yoga once a day and London has started doing some 5-10 minutes yoga sequences when she wakes up from her nap, so this has been fun to shake up her routine.
We also have been able to add two butterfly themed finger plays to our circle time. We don’t do this everyday, it just depends on what’s going on but I find that setting aside time for us to sit together and connect, helps the day go more smoothly. Songs, fingerplays and a story are great things to do during this moment of connection. There are lots of different finger plays and songs we have learned from school. I have a core 5 that are our foundation and then I’ll add in some that have to do with the seasons or whatever London is digging at that moment.
5 Little Butterflies
(Hold up 5 fingers) 5 Little Butterflies by the door. One flew away and now there were 4
(Hold up 4 fingers) 4 little Butterflies by the tree One flew away and now there were 3
(Hold up 3 fingers) 3 little butterflies in the blue One flew away and now there were 2
(Hold up 2 fingers) 2 little butterflies in the sun One flew away and now there was 1
(Hold up 1 finger) 1 Little Butterfly all alone So went and flew home
Butterfly, Butterfly flutter around (interlock thumbs and flutter fingers) Butterfly,
Butterfly touch the ground (hands touch the ground)
Butterfly, Butterfly fly so free (hands flutter freely)
Butterfly, Butterfly land on me! (hands lay on knee or shoulder)
Butterfly, Butterfly reach the sky (hands above your head)
Butterfly, Butterfly Say Good Bye (wave good bye)
We have had a lot of fun learning and talking about caterpillars and butterflies. I hope you find some of these resources helpful. I’m honestly kind considering buying more caterpillars just because we had so much fun with all of this! Have you ever raised caterpillars?