Learning the Life Cycle of a Butterfly in Preschool

LIFE CYCLE ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

REGARDLESS OF THE ANIMAL, PlANT, OR INSECT, LIFE CYCLES ARE A GREAT WAY TO INTRODUCE YOUNG LEARNERS TO NEW VOCABULARY AND CYCLICAL PROCESSES.

Life cycle projects help children connect with nature, and they help them understand the world around them.

This life cycle of a butterfly preschool activity is a great hands-on way to explore how a butterfly comes into the world. Since kids are already familiar with butterflies and typically have background knowledge, learning specific information about how a young butterfly becomes an adult butterfly is fascinating and real to students.

The life cycle stages included in these play dough mats are eggs, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly.

I like to use the life cycle of a butterfly project at the end of the unit to review what we learned, to practice the vocabulary, and to have a final finished product to refer to as we study other plants, animals, and insect.

In addition to learning about butterfly eggs and chrysalis, you can pose additional questions to young learners. Depending on the species of butterflies you study, there could be additional questions for thought:

  • How do caterpillars change as they develop?
  • What does the caterpillar need inside the chrysalis?
  • What is it called when an animal/insect changes throughout its development?
  • Will the butterfly grow more when it comes out of the chrysalis?

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making a Paper Plate Butterfly Life Cycle Craft?

SCIENCE CRAFTS FOR KIDS

LEARNING ABOUT LIFE CYCLES IS A GREAT TIME TO INTRODUCE SCIENTIFIC VOCABULARY THAT SOMETIMES TRANSFERS TO OTHER TOPICS.

You can use vocabulary and processes on the life cycle paper plate craft to compare/contrast with other animals, plants, or insects.

  • Metamorphosis
  • Egg/larva/pupa/adult
  • Grow/change
  • Germination