Last week our preschool lesson plan focused on butterflies. I created a butterfly pack that my daughter J loved, especially the painting sheets. Once we were done with our sheets, I realized I completely forgot to talk about the butterfly life cycle! Today for #PlayfulPreschool I will be sharing with you our  twist on the butterfly life cycle as well as free butterfly life cycle cards.

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Okay, so I try to be as hands on and creative as I can with my daughter’s learning and I figured… why not demonstrate the butterfly life cycle with playdough??


First I showed J the butterfly life cycle cards and explained each stage as best as I could. I told her that the butterfly lays her eggs on leaves (I was going by the card). These eggs are very small and they actually stick to the leaves.

After a certain period of time, the eggs hatch and caterpillars emerge from the eggs. These caterpillars are extremely hungry when they hatch. They are so hungry that they eat the leaf that they were born on. The more that the caterpillar eats, the more the caterpillar grows. Once he has reached a size he is happy with he creates a chrysalis.

Inside the chrysalis, the caterpillar is changing. He is growing wings and his shape is changing. When he emerges, he is a butterfly.

Once we were finished explaining the cards (which can be found at the end of this post) it was on to applying what we learnt. I grabbed her playdough and we decided to see how we can mold and create each stage of the butterfly life cycle.


Butterfly Life Cycle Cards

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Use this fun packed butterfly life cycle unit study pack to help your kids work on their alphabet with preschool letter puzzles, consonant blends activities as well as short vowels and other preschool math and kindergarten math such as addition activities.

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Butterfly Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Life Cycle of the Butterfly in Art by Powerful Mothering
Playdough Butterfly Life Cycle by Learning 2 Walk
Butterfly Life Cycle Craft Necklace by Fun-A-Day

Ladybug Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Ladybug Life Cycle Song by Capri +3
Ladybug Life Cycle Activities and Sensory Play by Natural Beach Living

Frog Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Life Cycle of a Frog Sensory Bin by Mom Inspired Life
Fine-Motor Frog Life Cycle Craft by Live Over C’s
Frog Life Cycle Hopscotch by Tiny Tots Adventures
Frog Life Cycle Craft by Still Playing School

Mealworms Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Studying Mealworms with Kids by Raising Lifelong Learners

Sea Turtle Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Sea Turtle Life Cycle – Ordering by Rainy Day Mum

Praying Mantis Life Cycle Activities for Kids

Raise a Praying Mantis | Activities for Kids to Explore Life Cycles by The Educators’ Spin On It



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