Storytime Theme: Beautiful Butterflies

This week we are continuing our quest to find spring!  What better way to usher it our way than to learn about butterflies.  And more specifically, what butterflies are BEFORE they are butterflies!

Books:

Toddlers: 

  • Hi, Butterfly!  by Taro Gomi (simple phrases lead us to many surprises as a little boy tries his best to catch a fluttering butterfly)
  • The Hungry Little Caterpillar by Eric Carle (I actually used this for both age groups.  It’s a classic.)

Pre K:

  • I’m A Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo  (This books is a great introduction to the life cycle of the butterfly.)
  • Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly  by Jane O’Connor  (Nancy loves her butterflies!  Plus, you learn a little French, too!)

Craft:

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Paper Plate Butterflies:  You cut a paper plate in half and face them on opposite sides.  The kids used dot markers to decorate their butterfly wings.  This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce symmetry to them!  Cut a peanut shaped body out of yellow construction paper and two little back antennas.  Add google eyes and glue it all together with a glue stick!  For extra fun, I brought my edging scissors with different patterns to cut into the edges of the wings!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

butterfly 1 butterfly 2 butterfly 3 butterfly 4

This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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