Life cycles are so fun to explore with young, curious learners! It feels like a grand reveal when you show them a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis! This printable life cycle of a butterfly diagram brings the process to life and helps kids remember it. This versatile life cycle worksheet diagram can be used to introduce the cycle, to review the cycle, or as a visual aide to show the cycle as you teach each piece. Download the free printable today, it’s so easy!
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Learning the Life Cycle of a Butterfly in Preschool
LIFE CYCLE ACTIVITIES FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Life cycle projects help children connect with nature, and they help them understand the world around them.
This stages of a butterfly life cycle activity is a great hands-on way to explore how a butterfly finds a mate and 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 the diagram mats are eggs, caterpillar, pupa stage, and butterfly (adult stage).
The set of life cycle mats includes 4 versions of a butterfly life cycle activity (in color and black and white):
- Blank mat with circular arrows/squares and pictures/words to attach.
- Blank mat with circular pictures and life cycle stage words to attach.
- Blank mat with circular labeled squares and pictures without words to attach.
- Blank mat with a row of squares and pictures with words to attach.
In addition to learning about butterflies, caterpillars and more, you can pose additional questions to young learners. Whether you are studying specifically the monarch butterfly life cycle, or butterflies in general, here are additional questions for thought:
- How do caterpillars change as they develop?
- What does the caterpillar need inside the pupa?
- What is it called when an animal/insect changes throughout its development?
- What are some species of butterflies?
What Does A Life Cycle of the Butterfly for Kids Activity Teach?
BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE 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 butterfly life cycle worksheet diagram to compare/contrast with other animals, plants, or insects.
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Life Cycles?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about life cycles of living things help them understand the world a little bit better.
How To Use The Butterfly Life Cycle Diagram
How to Use the Butterfly Diagram
Print the life cycle of a butterfly worksheet/diagram. There are two options: Color and Black and White.
Decide how you’d like to use the diagram. You can cut off the bottom cards and laminate, then add velcro dots to the boxes/cards to place and replace the stages over and over.
If you would rather use it as a worksheet, just ask students to cut and glue the life cycle stages onto the mat.
Butterfly crafts are a colorful way to display the final result of the life cycle. Use died coffee filters and pipe cleaners, tissue paper, or watercolors to learn about color, symmetry, or traits.
Create a Book
Make a life cycle book with half sheets of paper and child illustrations/labels of each step in the life cycle of a butterfly.
Hide the life cycle stages cards in a butterfly themed sensory bin. Children can attach pictures/words to the diagram once they find them.