When our youngest was in Pre-K they raised butterflies with his amazing teacher. Whether you are observing butterflies in your classroom or at home in your yard, it is fun to document the changes (life cycle) of the butterfly from an egg, caterpillar/larva, pupa/chrysalis to a beautiful butterfly! This printable booklet allows you to write about the life cycle or to make a narrative about a butterfly. You can then make the butterfly craft puppets to retell the process with a bit of drama! Materials Butterfly Booklet Butterfly Booklet template: butterfly booklet Story Planning sheet: story planner Decorating materials (crayon, felts etc.) Scissors Glue or a stapler Pencil/ eraser Butterfly Puppets Butterfly Puppet Template: butterfly 2-4 Decorating Materials Scissors Thin, small dowel or BBQ skewers with the sharp end cut off by an adult or a wooden chopstick. We always find these items useful too: Directions Butterfly Booklet Print your butterfly booklet template. If you wanted to make your book a bit more sturdy, you could print the bottom butterfly on a thicker paper such as cardstock. Create your cover by colouring and decorating your blank butterfly. You could hole punched a few designs into the wings as well. Our daughter decided to decorate her butterfly with paint stick, buttons and beads- use what you have on hand. Write on your lined sheets write about your butterfly’s life cycle or a story about your butterfly. Use the planner if you like: story planner There is also the option to print the wings with the box for illustrations and lines. Use whatever works for your purpose, age or ability range. You can also use the pages to draw and record your observations if you are growing and releasing butterflies. Once you are done, line up your butterfly pages and staple the left hand side of your wings to create a booklet. Butterfly Puppets Print the butterfly puppet template on thick paper such as cardstock. Colour your pieces and cut them out. We decided to use recyclables to decorate ours. We used painted coffee sleeves, old envelopes, magazines, cut up boxes, a paper gift bag etc. (Just to give you some ideas). Glue or tape them to your dowel or BBQ skewers with the sharp portion cut off by an adult. Put on a play! Other Butterfly Projects might like: Butterfly Magnet Maze: http://make-it-your-own.com/butterfly-magnet-maze/ Spin Art Butterflies: Find the templates here: http://make-it-your-own.com/spin-art-butterflies/ Watercolour Butterflies: http://make-it-your-own.com/watercolour-butterflies/ Design Butterfly Wings: http://make-it-your-own.com/design-your-own-butterfly-wings-with-loose-parts/ Butterfly Cards: http://make-it-your-own.com/butterfly-valentine-card/ Butterfly Wall Hanging: http://make-it-your-own.com/butterfly-wall-hanging/ Pin this idea Purpose Identifying butterfly lifecycle steps. Creative opportunities for writing. Dramatic play, interactions with others and retelling information. Safety Notes We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors with care and direct, adult supervision. Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose. Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: One Response Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.