It’s the first day of spring! This time of year signifies the beginning of several family traditions for us. One of the most anticipated is our butterfly nature study that culminates with raising and releasing painted lady butterflies. My children love breaking out our butterfly pavillion and ordering our yearly cup of caterpillars.
Though we’ve done this for several years in a row, each time I try to add even more educational activities so that it is a fully enriching experience.
Below I’ve decided to share some of the resources that I’ve gathered over the years to turn raising butterflies into well rounded educational experience.
These resources are best suited for preschoolers and early elementary aged students, but many could be easily modified to be used with older children or used as supplementation with other things.
If you want to raise your own butterflies, I highly recommend Insect Lore butterfly habitats. You’ll get a cup of live caterpillars delivered to your door with instructions on how to care for them as they transition from caterpillar to butterfly!
Books to Use in Your Butterfly Nature Study
Caterpillars and Butterflies is the main source for us this year.
A few others that we have enjoyed in the past:
I rely heavily on printables and other free online resources when I’m putting together any kind of unit study for my children. It just makes it easier to replicate things for my children when I can print as many copies as I need and I am always on the look out for ways to save money! These are some favorites:
Butterfly Thematic Unit by Kristin Walsky
Butterfly Life Cycle Cards by Learning 2 Walk
Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheets from Living Life and LearningFree Pretty Bugs Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1
Very Hungry Caterpillar Tot Pack from 1+1+1=1
Butterfly lapbook from Homeschool Share
Coloring page from Kidspot
Montessori Inspired Butterfly Cards from Suzie’s Home Education Ideas
Hatching Butterflies Observation Notebook from 123HomeschoolMe
Life Cycle Printables from Homeschool Creations
Preschool Butterfly Journal by Spell Outloud
Butterfly Life Cycle Game from Life Over Cs
Make Your Own Butterfly Feeder Tutorial by Mother Rising
A list of simple crafts for the younger set from DLTK Kids
DIY Butterfly Craft using plastic spoons
How to show the butterfly life cycle using pasta noodles
Butterfly Art Project from Deep Space Sparkle
Chenille Stem and Button Caterpillar Craft
Butterfly Sensory Tub
Make a butterfly snack shack
Make caterpillars with pom poms and craft sticks
Make a paper plate caterpillar
I hope that these resources are helpful to you and your families as you plan your own butterfly nature study!