18 Caterpillar & Butterfly Activities For Preschool { and Books too! }

butterfly and caterpillar ideas for preschool We are in the MIDDLE of learning all about bugs in my class and by FAR the favorites have been caterpillars and butterflies. They’re my daughter’s favorites too. I think that the fact that you can learn all about the lifecycle at such a young age has something to do with this. I like that as a teacher of really young children I can connect science, literacy, art, music, and movement into one theme so easily.

Here are my favorite caterpillar and butterfly activities for preschool.

paper plate butterfly with jewels

Easy Paper Plate Butterflies
egg carton caterpillars for kids

Clear Egg Carton Caterpillars

easy toddler crafts

Toddler Butterfly Craft 

caterpillar craft for kidsSize Order Caterpillar 
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Alphabet Butterfly Garden Activity

monarch butterfly craft

Wooden Peg Monarch Butterfly 

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Butterfly Sensory Table

easy caterpillar craft for kids

Paint Stick Caterpillar 

spring crafts for kids

Coffee Filter & Colored Glue Butterfly 

butterfly life cycle

Fill in the Blank Life Cycles 

butterfly-craft

Handprint Butterfly 

color and match color matching activity for kids

Color Matching Butterflies 

Butterfly Cereal Necklaces

Cereal Butterfly Necklaces

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Caterpillar C Letter Craft 

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Fall Leaf Butterfly 

butterfly pasta

Pasta Butterfly Collage 

Bandaid Butterfly Craft

Band Aid Butterflies 

egg carton caterpillar classic craft

 

Classic Egg Carton Caterpillars

 

Books About Caterpillars and Butterflies For Kids

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very hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic, that most preschool teachers like myself can recite from memory. It really is a fantastic book, not only does it explain the life cycle of a butterfly it also is useful for a lesson about the days of the week and healthy eating. Children love relating to the caterpillar who eats too many treats and ends up with a belly ache before eating one more healthy leaf and spinning a chrysalis.

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Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel is a lovely story about 2 friends who must part ways , in this case because one is a caterpillar who needs to build a chrysalis and the other an earthworm who needs to dig deep into the ground. What I like about this book is that it goes on to explain that the earth worm’s digging is vital for the trees to grow so that the caterpillar can eat the leaves and turn into a butterfly. I like the lesson about how we all play a part!

the crunching munching caterpillar

The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain is another story about a caterpillar who is not happy with his lot in life. There is a fair bit of language that some parents would object to. This caterpillar is often reminded that he is too fat to fly- so that poses a few challenges to parents like myself who are trying to instill healthy body images as well as using respectful words with others in our children. I have dealt with this book in two ways, first by saying that the caterpillar is getting fat but it’s a good thing because he will be sleeping for a long time in his chrysalis and needs that fat to live. Also, I have simply replaced fat with big, a word that is much less ugly to many people’s ears.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heligiman is part of my favorite non-fiction for kids series ” Let’s Read and Find Out Science”.  I always grab these books at garage sales and thrift stores. In this edition, you follow a classroom of students observing a caterpillar as it metamorphosis into a butterfly. A classic spring activity for preschool age children to discover and learn about life cycles. Also a perfect match for your own Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden which I highly recommend and will be doing this year with my son. Reading non-fiction with your preschoolers is important as it teaches them seamlessly that writing and reading are not just for stories but for information too.

butterfly colors

Butterfly Butterfly: A Book of Colors by Petr Horaeck is such a wonderful book! I love the simple text and engaging story about a little girl who is trying to find the butterfly that she saw the day before. In her attempts, she finds many other colorful bugs in her garden. At the end of the book is a beautiful pop-up butterfly that will delight your little readers. I read this to a class of 2 and 3-year-olds who were glued to every page and both my kids who are 3 and 7 loved it as well.  Great book!

12 Princess Activities For Preschool

princess crafts for kids I never liked princesses until I had a daughter who wore a crown on her head daily for 3 months. Even to bed. To say she is a fan of princesses is a major understatement. I like using her love of all things princess to spark interest in all kinds of activities. Check out all the fun we’ve had as well as a few ideas from her brother’s brief princess phase – these are not activities for girls, they are activities for any and all princess fans!

princess play doh activity

Princess Playdough

frreze and thaw anna frozen science experiment for preschool

Frozen Inspired Science Activity

princess wand craft

Princess Wand

shape castle craft

Shape Castle

frozen party game

Frozen Inspired Game 

phonics game for kids princess toys

Princess Phonics Activityshape princess craft for kids

Shape Princess

Princess Sensory Tub 5

Princess Sensory Bin

twig and bead fairy wand fine motor craft for kids

Twig Fairy Princess Wands

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Frozen Inspired DIY Crayons

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Easy  DIY Princess Tutu

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Sparkly Princess Alphabet

 

 

Positive Princess Books For Kids

great princess picture books

Find wonderfully not stereotypical princesses in these 15 positive princess books for kids!

Valentine’s Day Sensory Play Ideas

valentine's day sensory activities In my classroom much like in my home play dough is always an option. Right now we have red play dough out at school and at home we are still enjoying our Gluten Free chocolate play dough. Play dough is a fabulous sensory activity but there are so many more ideas and materials to introduce to your kids. Here are some of my favorite Valentine’s Day sensory play ideas from us and other great kid activities blogs.

Have you tried any of these? If so leave a comment and let me know how it went.

valentine's day sensory activities

Gluten Free Chocolate Play Dough
Texture Collage Heart – explore and create!
Marbled Play Dough from Fireflies and Mudpies
Valentine Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands

valetine's day sensory bubble bin
Excavating Hearts from Munchkins and Moms
Pink Bubble Bin
Valentine’s Day Play Dough Bakery

valentine's day sensory love potions
Chocolate Slime from Fun At Home With Kids
Love Potions
Love Bug Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning

valentine's day sensory discovery box
All The People I Love Discovery Bin
Color Mixing Play Dough Valentines from PBS Parents
Cinnamon Heart Cloud Dough from And Next Comes L
Valentine Soup from Fun At Home With Kids
Rose Scented No Cook Play Dough by Danya Banya

Nativity Crafts & Activities For Kids

nativity crafts for preschool I had so much fun planning Christmas activities for my class this year. I never minded teaching in classrooms where we did not celebrate but I sure had fun this year teaching something I never have outside of Sunday School before. Here are some great ideas and nativity crafts that I used ( or wished I’d had more time to) in my classroom and a few for older kids too.  I hope you have time to squeeze one of these great nativity crafts into your playtime before Christmas.

 

Nativity Activities & Sensory Play

nativity games for kids
Nativity Scene Find & Fill Scavenger Hunt is a great way to teach the Christmas story to young kids.
This Nativity Small World from Imagination Tree lets kids play with all the figures.
This nativity activity would be great with a Sunday school class or as a family tradition the way Toddler Approved does it every year.
I love this nativity sensory bin from Golden Reflections
Sun Hats and Wellie Boots has a lovely Nativity Tree.
You might want to see how Happy Hooligans created their nativity sensory box too.

 

The Holy Family & Manger Crafts

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This paper bag manger from I Can Teach My Child is brilliant!
I love this nativity wreath from Rainy Day Mum
How cute is this paper roll nativity scene from Happy Hooligans?
This nativity sun catcher from Housing a Forrest is beautiful.
I did this nativity scene sun catcher with my class this year. Not only does it help teach shapes it shines in any light.
This nativity silhouette from Joyfully Weary is simple and beautiful!

Wise Men Crafts

wise men crafts for kids

I love these Paper Roll Three Kings from Red Ted Art
These Stick Wise Men from Made By Mollie’s Mom would make great puppets!
Don’t forget about the camels the three wise men came on. Red Ted Art shows us how to make the camels too.
My son loved making these Wise Men out of travel sized shampoo bottles.

 

Angel Crafts

angel crafts for kids

I love this sweet angel craft from Toddler Approved.
You can make a beautiful angel sun catcher like we did!
What’s not to love with these toilet paper roll angels from NurtureStore ?
Toddlers can have fun making this coffee filter angel too.

 

Christmas Books Without Santa

Christmas books for kids without Santa

Check out this book list filled with Christmas books without out Santa.

Harvest Crafts & Activities

thanksgiving harvest craft ideas for kids While lesson planning for my classroom I was thinking about Thanksgiving and what other themes go with it. For young children I like to add on to a Thanksgiving theme with more concrete ideas like farm animals, harvest vegetables, and turkeys. While exploring these you can work in tidbits about the history and traditions of the holiday. We celebrate food, farms, and harvest together to remember the ways the Native Americans shared their knowledge with the Pilgrims and where we get our food to celebrate together today.

Here are 17 harvest and farm themed crafts to help you explore Thanksgiving.

harvest sensory tub

Farm Sensory Tub

paper plate pig craft
Paper Plate Pig

turkey paper bag puppet for kids
Turkey Puppets

Thanksgiving Math with Candy Corn
Candy Corn Math

paper plate scarecrow craft
Paper Plate Scarecrow

potato print turkey craft for thanksgiving
Potato Print Turkey Craft

painting with garden vegetables
Vegetable Printing

marshmallow harvest cornMarshmallow Corn Craft

outside activities for kidsGardening For Letters

farm animal activity for preschoolSheep Craft

Simple Sensory Tub Simple Harvest Sensory Bin

indian corn craft for kidsConfetti Corn Craft

pumpkin printing for kids and toddlersMini Pumpkin Prints

handprint henHand Print Hen Craft

feather finder gameTurkey Feather Hunt

Scarecrow Craft

Shape Scarecrow

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Mosaic Harvest Corn