Saturday, May 22, 2010

Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft

Last year around this time we had a butterfly garden.  It was such an amazing
experience for the girls to see each stage of the butterfly's life!  I think we will do it again next spring. 

In the meantime, I thought a craft that changed from a caterpillar to a butterfly would be a fun refresher!

Pom poms
Small wiggly eyes/beads
Coffee filter
Toilet paper tube
1)  Glue pom poms onto a clothespin to make a caterpillar.

2)  Glue on eyes.  I didn't have any wiggly eyes that were small enough, so we substituted beads.

3)  Use markers or watercolor paints to color a coffee filter.

At this point, we oohed and aahed over the caterpillars they created.  The girls went to bed, and I finished these steps.  I thought it would be a fun surprise, but you could have your child do each step themselves.

4)  Scrunch the coffee filter and clip with the clothespin to form butterfly wings.

5)  Place the butterfly in a toilet paper tube.  Tape and wrap a streamer around the tube to form a chrysalis.

The next day, I asked the girls where the caterpillars went.  We "found" the chrysalises and decided the caterpillars must be in them!  Later, I cut a slit in the bottom of the tube and pulled the butterfly out slightly.

The girls helped the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises!

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Blogger Missy said...

Stacie, this is too cute. Love your blog!

May 22, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Thanks, Missy!

May 22, 2010 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Alissa said...

That is such an amazing idea. Thanks for sharing. I will definitely keep this one in mind. I am so dissapinted, as last term in my classroom we learned about the lifecycle of a caterpillar/butterfly and it would have been a lovely touch to have a surprise like this waiting for the students the next day. Maybe next year. From Alissa@ Excuse Me Mrs.C!

May 26, 2010 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

Thanks, Alissa! I visited your site and became a follower! I used to be a classroom teacher, but I am now homeschooling my oldest daughter. I like to keep up on new ideas that teachers are using in their classrooms!

May 26, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Great blog you have here! I host a link up party every Tuesday called Tot Tuesdays where you can link up crafts, activities, teaching resources, parenting stories or tips, recipes and things you’ve made for your toddler. I’d love it if you’d stop by sometime & link up!


May 29, 2010 at 4:45 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Great idea! We had a butterfly garden last year, too and my daughter loved it almost as much as I did. We're definitely trying this craft...thanks for sharing!

June 5, 2010 at 6:15 AM  

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