Monday, May 16, 2011

Butterfly, Butterfly, Fly, Fly Away

After watching a recent episode of Barney, my girls and I were inspired (yes, Barney inspired us—lol) to do some butterfly-related crafts and activities.


We sang Butterfly, Butterfly, Fly, Fly Away (which we heard on Barney) many times this week. If you don’t know the tune, it makes a great counting poem too. (Click the photo to download.)


Next we printed out and made our own Butterfly Life Cycle book. This was a download from The Montessori Print-Shop.


The Montessori Print Shop also has Butterfly Life Cycle cards, which I printed and laminated. We looked at the pictures and went over the terminology. Then we put them in order. We also practiced ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.) I appreciate that these materials used real photographs of the butterfly stages. The materials printed nicely and are a wonderful nature resource.


For a twist, I printed another set of the Butterfly Life Cycle cards---one in grey-scale and the other in color. I mounted the grey-scale cards onto cardstock. I laminated and then cut the colored cards so that they would be individual puzzles. The grey-scale cards were the control cards to help my toddler figure out the puzzles. She would match the colored pieces and place them onto the control cards.


We made our annual coffee-filter butterflies :) My 4yr. old is getting good at carefully dipping the edges of the filter into the food coloring water. (Last year we used Do-A-Dot markers for our butterfly creations.)


My 4yr. old picked the funky fuzzy pipe cleaners—the ones that kind of look like giant caterpillars.  You could use half of one pipe cleaner to make the caterpillar (just glue wiggle eyes on it) and the other half to fold over the tie-dyed coffee filter.

BbhandwritingWe also reviewed our Letter Bb’s with this butterfly handwriting sheet/poem (click to download.)

For more butterfly craft, poem and games ideas check out:

catepillarsButterfly Unit for Young Children 

Disclosure: I was given a free download from Montessori Print Shop for review purposes only. Opinions are my own. The way I used the cards are Montessori-influenced but not necessarily the official Montessori method.

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Blogger Valerie said...

I love the greyscale idea, that is super!

:P Valerie

May 16, 2011 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Ktribe said...

So cute!

May 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Fun! and I might add that your Squidoo lens is awesome! Love those caterpillar magnets!

May 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love your butterflies and caterpillars.

May 16, 2011 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Jackie H. said...

I definitely know that song... and from Barney! I think my son would like these activities to go along with it!

May 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Deb Chitwood said...

Awesome butterfly unit! I love the Montessori Print Shop butterfly life cycle materials, and your ideas here and on your Squidoo lens are wonderful! Great idea to make control cards in greyscale, too. :) Deb @

May 17, 2011 at 1:26 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

We LOVE studying the butterfly lifecycle in our home too. I love all the activities you planned to correlate with the Montessori Print Shop cards. It looks like you guys had lots of fun. :)

Lori @ Montessori MOMents

May 17, 2011 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Such a great activity! I would love those butterfly wings for the kids, just like on Barney! LOL

May 20, 2011 at 5:13 PM  
Blogger Deb Chitwood said...

I featured your post today at

May 23, 2011 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Elle Belles Bows said...

Thanks for sharing the download. I love everything that you did for this activity!

I am a follower. but have been a bit of a blog slacker lately. I actually found the link from The Work Plan. So, I wanted you to know that you are getting some extra blog love there too! I am glad they linked there or I would have missed the download!

Thanks again!


June 4, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

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