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Life Cycle of a Butterfly Printables

As part of our homeschool science we observed the butterfly life cycle. I even put together a butterfly life cycle worksheet to teach preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders about this amazing metamorphoses that takes place. This is a wonderful life cycle science experiment is a must to witness in person as your child records their observations in a butterfly observation journal! Simply print pdf file with life cycle of a butterfly worksheet and you are ready to play and learn about butterflies for kids.

As part of our homeschool science we observed the butterfly life cycle. I even put together a butterfly life cycle worksheet to teach preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders about this amazing metamorphoses that takes place. This is a wonderful life cycle science experiment is a must to witness in person as your child records their observations in a butterfly observation journal! Simply print pdf file with life cycle of a butterfly worksheet and you are ready to play and learn about butterflies for kids.

Butterfly Printable

We had SO much fun observing our caterpillars turn into butterflies in our butterfly science unit! I found myself checking their progress many times a day too! While watching the amazing metamorphosis of the butterfly life cycle happen is the best part, teaching kids to use a butterfly printable make observations, record data, make hypothesis and keep a science journal is a fanstastic extension to this kindergarten science. Use our life cycle of a butterfly worksheet pack to make this butterfly hatching for kids extra educational!

Whether you are a parent, teacher, homeschooler, daycare, grandparent, or preschool – you will love this simple and fun life cycle of a butterfly printables for toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 studdents. Use it at home, in the classroom, or as a supplement to your homeschool science curriculum. THis is an expecially great life cycle of a butterfly for kindergarten project or life cycle of a butterfly preschool.

Life cycle of a butterfly worksheet

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The butterfly life cycle printable pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

Butterflies for Kids

All you need to complete this life cycle science project is:

  • butterfly garden kit – we received 5 caterpillars in a container with holes poked in the top and a gel covering the bottom that nourished them along with a mesh butterfly enclosure to keep the butterflies in once they’ve hatched
  • butterfly journal pdf (free printable at the bottom of the post)
  • pen, pencil, or markers to record findings

butterfly life cycle day 1

Butterflies life cycle for kids

Day 1 – The caterpillars arrived and are in the larva stage. They are 3/4″ long and moving around inside the cup.

butterfly life cycle day 4

Caterpillar life cycle for kids

Day #4 – Still in the larva stage but the caterpillars have been eating the food in the container they were shipped in and are now 1 1/2″ long. There are lots of little balls of poop on the bottom – EW!

butterfly life cycle day 7 - larva stage

Life cycle of a butterfly for kids

Day #7 – Still in the Larva Stage. The caterpillars have all moved to the lid of teh cup and are hanging upside down. They look like little leaves of fish hooks up there.

butterfly life cycle day 8 - pupa stage

Butterfly Cycle for kids

Day #8 – Some of the caterpillars have finished spinning their cocoons and have antered the Pupa stage.

Once all the butterflies are in a cocoon we opend the lid carefully and moved the white paper they were attached to and clipped it inside the butterfly net so we could watch and wait for them to become butterflies. All along we recorded what we observed in our free printable life cycle of a butterfly.

eagerly waiting for butterflies to come out

Life cycle of a butterfly for kindergarten

We moved the caterpillars to our butterfly garden in preparation for their hatching. Minnie loved to watch them and see if they were butterflies yet. On Day #12 two of the five caterpillars started shaking and we thought they were hatching…. but not yet!

Watching our newly hatched butterflies!

newly hatched butterflies with empty cocoon

life cycle of a butterfly lesson plan for preschool

Day#14 -Butterflies at last! We noticed the red liquid (a result from the color on their wings) and waited excitedly for the remainder of the caterpillars to hatch.

watching the butterflies

life cycle of a butterfly preschool

We are enjoying watching the butterflies flapping around inside their garden. We put a sliced orange in for the butterflies to drink. Did you know butterflies don’t actually eat, they just drink through their straw like sucker.

We know we need to release the butteflies out side soon….

Buttefly garden fieldtrip

Butterfly Garden Fieldtrip

We also took a fieldtrip to a butterfly garden. They had such BEAUTIFUL butterflies! There were so many butterflies that they were even landing on our shoulders!

My favorite site for getting information and showing my kids pictures was The Children’s Butterfly Site.

Free Hatching Butterfly Printable

Butterfly life cycle worksheet

I made the {free} Hatching Butterflies Observation Notebook to go along with our Butterfly Unit. It has information on the butterfly lifecycle, facts about butterflies, and space for your child to write observations and/or pictures along your scientific process. I hope this is helpful to other Preschool and Homeschooling families.

Life cycle of a butterfly printables

There is space for children to write down what day it is, what stage the butterfly is in it’s lifecyle and record any observations they can make.  The book also includes an illustration of a butterfly life cycle for kids to look at.

Kids will have fun learning about the life cycle of a frog with this free printable notebook filled with interesting information, life cycle chart, life cycle of a frog printable, vocabulary, and a space for recording their observations as they watch tadpoles become frogs in this homeschool science experiment. Simply print pdf file with life cycle of a frog worksheet and you are ready to play and learn this spring and summer! Plant Life Cycles for kids  If you are learning about the life cycle of a watermelon you will love this handy, free printable Watermelon Life Cycle spinner to help kids learn and review. This is such a fun science printable for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students.

Life Cycle Printables

Looking for more free printables to help you learn about life cycles? You will love these resources:

 Butterfly Addition Game life cycle of a butterfly Fun to make Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft Looking for a fun, engaging pasta craft? This pretty stained glass pasta project has so many different possibilities to let your children explore their creativity, create something unique and beautiful, and strengthen coordination with those little hands. In this pasta art you will use dyed pasta to creat a beautiful stained glass craft. This stained glass art for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders.

Butterfly Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun butterfly activities, butterfly crafts, and butterfly printables to add to your day or butterfly theme? Try these:

DIY Lava Lamp - super easy way to make your own lava lamp with simple things you have around your house. This homemade lava lamp is such a fun science project for kids of all ages to sneak in some summer learning. This science experiment is for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and kids of all ages at home, homeschool, summer camps, classroom, etc. Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. Take your homemade playdough to a whole new level of FUN with this amazing Color Changing Playdough recipe. This is sure to be a hit with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade children alike.  These super EASY to make marshmallow shooters are a must for your summer bucket list. This summer activity for kids is not only fun, but it is actually a STEM activity for kids too! Students assemble, tweak, and design this simple marshmallow cannon to try to get the most distance they can. THis is such a simple, but fun summer activities your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grdae, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will want to try over summer break!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! Tin Foil Art Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply print free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever!

Summer Activities for Kids

 

Butterfly Observation Journal

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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