I can’t wait to teach about butterflies every spring because it’s incredible science that is totally accessible for preschoolers. Preschoolers can learn so much with these butterfly activities for preschoolers and have fun doing them. Teaching preschoolers all about science doesn’t have to be hard or intimidating. Science is about observing, asking questions, and finding the answers – most of the time. But that’s not all we can teach with butterflies. We can explore art activities, learn about symmetry, and so much more.
The best butterfly and caterpillar activities for preschoolers
I’ve compiled all my favorite butterfly and caterpillar learning activities for preschool in this list. I hope it’s helpful for you. Don’t miss the book list at the bottom of this post!
Caterpillar and Butterfly Crafts for Preschoolers
Paint Stick Caterpillar
If you don’t have a paint stick handy, try using smaller pom poms and a craft stick or tongue depressor instead.
Classic Egg Carton Caterpillar
A classic craft that every preschooler must do!
Paper Towel Butterflies I love this process focused butterfly craft.
Butterfly Activities For Your Science Table
Butterfly Song ( my students love this song!)
Butterfly Activities for Fine Motor Development
This is a favorite free-choice art invitation in my PreK classroom. I pop out some dot stickers and invite my students to create their own butterflies and caterpillars.
These start as butterflies but then turn into either a snack… or a necklace. Working on fine motor development all the time!
Butterfly Sensory Activities
Butterfly Sensory Table
Explore the butterfly lifecycle with this fun sensory bin.
Butterfly and Caterpillar Activities for Literacy Development
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Missing Letter Game
We do missing letter games weekly in my class, and the students not only love playing, but they are also learning through play.
Turn your students’ names into caterpillars with these fun literacy-focused crafts for Prek.
Books About Bugs for Preschool
Check out this awesome list here! These are great books to pair with these butterfly activities for preschoolers.