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Spring is FINALLY here! It’s time to get outside and explore for our little ones. One of my favorite Spring activities in the classroom is getting Butterfly larvae so we can watch them grow and change into butterflies! The kids LOVE this activity every year and learning about the Life Cycle of a butterfly. I created this FREE Mini Book to go along with your Butterfly Unit!
I always purchase my caterpillars from Insect Lore. I just discovered that they are actually on Amazon Prime!!! SCORE! The first year I did this, I bought the entire Butterfly Garden, but after you have that, all you’ll need each year is the Caterpillars. You can find them here:
Here is one of our beautiful butterflies from last year:
We spend several weeks observing, journaling, and learning all about butterflies in the Spring. It is such a cool process from start to finish for students! They really gain an understanding of the life cycle. This LOW prep Mini Book will be perfect to add to your lessons!
To prep your Mini Books, you need to print one book per student. Each book is only ONE PAGE! That is what I love about Mini Books. They only use 1 sheet of paper, and every student gets to take home a book to read over and over again. You could also print them in color and laminate them to use year after year.
To fold the books, lay the page flat:
You will fold down once on the middle gray guideline:
And then again on the other gray guideline. That’s it! Super easy to prep.
You could also print them in Black and White to allow students to color in each picture.
Check out these other bug activities from these awesome bloggers! Links are below the picture. 🙂
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Ladybug Life Cycle Wheel // The STEM Laboratory
Bug Puzzles (Beginning Sounds) // Fairy Poppins
Bug Subtraction Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Ladybug Editable Sight Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Printable Ladybug Letter Puzzles and Sensory Bin // Fun-A-Day
Simple Outdoor Ant Experiment // Science Kiddo
Ladybug One More One Less Activity // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Counting Ants Math Game // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Insect Theme Prewriting Practice // Stay at Home Educator
I Spy Bugs Sensory Bin // Teach Me Mommy
Insect Printable Sorting Worksheet // Fun with Mama
Bug Counting Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Ladybug Counting Cards 1-20 // Powerful Mothering
Butterfly Life Cycle Mini Book Freebie // The Primary Post
Homemade Butterfly Playdough Kit // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Bug Matching Game // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Bug Story Problems // Recipe for Teaching
Bugs: How Many Syllables? // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Bug Theme Bingo Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Ten Frame Game More and Less // Sara J Creations
Buggy Partner Cards // Simplified Classroom