Joining us today, for the Books Alive summer reading series, is our friend Stephanie from Somewhat Simple. She’s here to share an awesome educational activity to go along with one of our favorite books.
Any fans of Eric Carle in the house? The book I want to highlight today happens to be my youngest son’s favorite book of all time. Even at age two, Mason can recite this book word for word, and he absolutely loves it. Have you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Years ago the kids and I were playing outside and my two youngest children at the time (ages 3 and 2) were fascinated by all the butterflies flying around. So with the help of some of my old teaching resources, I put together a fun Monarch Butterfly Craft and activity workbook that would teach them just a bit more about those “flying objects” they were seeing around our yard. Now, as I see how much Mason LOVES his caterpillar book, I decided to pull out the materials to make it once more. We are 2 for 2 on the success of this craft — all the kids loved it… again!
:: Pasta – Rotini, Shells & Bowtie
:: Dry White Beans
:: Paper Plates
:: Twigs and leaves
:: Labels – Eggs, Caterpillar, Chrysalis, Butterfly
TO MAKE: Using your pen, divide your plate into 4 equal parts. Add your labels and arrows showing the flow of the lifecycle. Begin gluing your items down on each part of the plate.
:: First Section – Label “Eggs” and glue on a leaf with three white beans.
:: Second Section – Label “Caterpillar” and glue on a leaf with one rotini pasta.
:: Third Section – Label “Chrysalis” and glue on a twig with one shell pasta.
:: Fourth Section – Label “Butterfly” and glue on a bowtie pasta then draw on antennae.
Here is The Monarch Butterfly workbook I used with my kids, which includes six printable pages of information and activities all about the Monarch Butterfly. Go download your FREE copy of the workbook.
Wife, mom of 5, blogger, and former preschool teacher, Stephanie Dulgarian has a passion to create and inspire. On her blog, Somewhat Simple, Stephanie and her team share simple ideas for the home and family including DIY crafts, design projects, family-friendly recipes, and more! Follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and You Tube.