Spring is a great time of year to talk about butterflies, whether you live where butterflies are migrating this time of year or not. Here are some fun resources, games and butterfly themed activities to help your kids learn about and explore the world of butterflies.
Learning Activities with Butterflies
Learn the basics of the life cycle of a butterfly with this collection of videos compiled by Simply Kinder. One or two of these would be a great way to kick off your studies.
Little Pine Learners has a gorgeous set of butterfly identification printables on their Teachers Pay Teachers page, plus a full blog post that shows you a bunch of different ways to use them. I love the idea of hiding the different butterflies outside for kids to find, then coming indoors to identify them.
These butterfly identification flash cards from Look We’re Learning are a fun way to learn about different kinds of butterflies, match them up and even play find the match in rice or another sensory material.
These free butterfly printables from Living Montessori Now are great to use when practicing letters and numbers. She has her own printables with a butterfly and the letter b and numbers 0-5, but the post links up more great butterfly letter resources too.
How Wee Learn has a great set of printable butterfly activity pages, including coloring sheets, anatomy, life cycle, color by number and complete the drawing pages.
ABCs of Literacy has a free printable playdough mat showing the parts of a butterfly, which is a good way to introduce little kids to those terms and let them play with making their own butterfly shapes with playdough.
This caterpillar to butterfly balloon experiment from The Educator’s Spin on It is a riff on the classic vinegar and baking soda reaction with a butterfly twist. A fun and easy way to make your butterfly “take flight” with items you probably already have in the house.
Homeschool Preschool has collected more easy butterfly STEM ideas for little learners.
Butterfly Art Activities and Games
Butterflies give us a fun way to talk about symmetry and to make a symmetrical, butterfly themed art project like this one from Simply Full of Delight.
Or make coffee filter butterflies, which is a classic, easy but always fun craft. Get the instructions from Organized Island.
Collect bits of leaves, grass, spring flowers and other things you find in nature on a nice day and make a sticky butterfly art piece like Happy Toddler Playtime did.
Nature Inspired Learning has a fun printable butterfly bingo card set, with 12 different cards full of colorful butterflies to match up.
Need more ideas for a day or a week of butterfly fun? Check out the ideas Glitter on a Dime used to make a week-long butterfly camp for their kiddos one summer.