I would say that one of the most fun science activities we have done is being able to watch, front and center, caterpillars turn into butterflies. Our whole butterfly unit was actually quite fun, but the actual, real live butterflies were the hit of the show.
Another fun thing we did that was quite memorable for the kids was to depict the butterfly lifecycle with food. It’s a very simple snack to put together. All you need is:
- marshmallows (the small ones) – for the eggs
- gummy worms – for the caterpillars
- Tootsie Rolls – for the chrysalises
- Sociable crackers (just the butterfly ones) – for the butterflies
Then just simply put on a napkin, paper towel, or paper plate; label them and add arrows to show the cycle. Then as you observe your own butterflies, enjoy your snack.
Here are some other fun activities we did while studying butterflies, as well as some other neat looking things I found online to tuck away for next time.
- Order a butterfly kit and watch caterpillars turn into butterflies
- Visit a butterfly garden if there is one in your area
- Butterflies Coloring Book
- Make a homemade butterfly feeder
- Butterfly Matching File Folder Game (FREE)
- Butterfly Lapbook (FREE)
- Butterfly Garden: A Lifecycle Game (FREE)
- Butterfly Lifecycle Hats (FREE)
- Fun Butterfly Facts for Kids (FREE printable)
- Stained Glass Butterfly Craft