Practice sequencing and learn the butterfly life cycle with a unique, fun game! Includes playing cards with 8 sequential stages of the butterfly life cycle, also labeled with ordinal numbers to ease confusion. Use them as a “War” game or as a matching game.

butterfly life cycle sequencing games science for kid

Tools you’ll need

Fellowes laminator
Nuova laminating pouches set of 200 3 mil sheets
12 inch paper trimmer

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Don’t worry about making a special trip to the store. You can get all the supplies for this activity right here. Click the pictures above to get what you need.

Two variations of the word cards and poster are included to account for variations of terminology for chrysalis/pupa and larva/caterpillar.

This is played like a traditional game of “War”, except instead of using numbers, student will use the stages of the butterfly life cycle. The furthest stage in the sequence wins the cards.

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For example: a chrysalis (pupa) beats an egg/ butterfly beats chrysalis (pupa).

butterfly life cycle cards


  • For non-readers: print 4 copies of only the picture cards
  • For readers: print 2 copies of both the picture and word cards
  • Use as a “Go Fish” game by printing two copies of each card
  • Use as an independent matching center
butterfly word cards


  • Divide cards evenly among two players.
  • Place cards face down in a stack.
  • Players each turn over one card at the same time.
  • Player with the word that has the card with the furthest stage in the butterfly life cycle takes both cards and adds them to the bottom of their pile.
  • In case of tie, each player lays down three cards face down and then turns the third card. Furthest stage wins all the cards.
  • Play continues as time allows or one player runs out of cards.

Great partner center!!

butterfly life cycle sequencing games science for kid

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