After some creative thinking, a practice run, and a template I figured it out. I am pretty excited about what we came up with. One of Ms. Tiger’s favorite stories is The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. She has been able to recite the whole story since she was 2. Now she has her very own transforming caterpillar, and can say the word, “Mega-more-to-sis” :). Kids and big words are adorable.
Green, Brown, White, and any light colored paper
Small or medium sized puff balls
Markers including brown and green
Butterfly printable (available towards the end of this post)
1. Print out the Butterfly Metamorphosis printable and cut out the shapes to use as a template. Trace and cut out the pieces. I cut the pieces out for Ms. Tiger, but if you wanted, your kiddo could cut their pieces out.
Each butterfly will need the following pieces:
- 1 Left brown wing-chrysalis
- 1 Right green wing-leaf
- 1 pair of any color wings-butterfly
- 1 white egg
- 1 brown branch
- 4 (Lg)-6(Med) puffballs
- 1 clothespin
2. Glue the brown branch to one side of the clothespin. Then, glue the puff balls to the other side of the clothespin and set aside to dry.
How To Tell The Metamorphosis Stages
Stage 1: Egg
- Fold the butterfly in half and use the brown side of the clothespin to clip to the leaf like a branch.
Stage 2: Caterpillar/Larva
- Turn the clothespin over to the caterpillar side and clip onto the leaf
Stage 3: Chrysalis
- Remove the clothespin and wrap the chrysalis around the caterpillar
Stage 4: Butterfly
- Open the wings up and pin the clothespin in the middle of the wings
Need a Metamorphosis Kid Activity?
Use tunnels to let kids pretend they are inside a butterfly chrysalis. Let them wiggle around, pop out, and then fly around the room. If you have butterfly wings, strap those on too.
|Ms. Tiger and friends couldn’t stop giggling!
She is the one in the green tunnel.
Need a butterfly snack?:
Cut up strawberries, grapes, and bananas to make a butterfly. I used grape skins to make the antennas.
So that’s all the butterfly time we have for now. We hope you had a bunch of fun learning and creating with us.