Welcome to Paula's Preschool and Kindergarten! My class blog is the place I share information about some of the fun learning activities we are doing at school. I hope to provide parents with insight into what we are doing, and why, and to share ideas with other early childhood educators. Please don't use the photos or text of this blog without permission, but please do use any ideas you find useful. Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Butterfly Learning at Story Time

Have you ever raised caterpillars into butterflies, and watched the magical transformation up close? I've done it many times with classes of children, and we're doing it again at the library.
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!
A week ago we received a special package, 5 tiny little caterpillars in a jar of food, and a net home for them to grow into.  We observed the tiny creatures, and talked about what they would soon do.  (You can see that post here.)

When we returned to story time this week, we no longer had caterpillars - we had 5 magnificent cocoons!  Ms. Debbie carefully showed them to the children, then transferred them into the net home they'll soon inhabit.
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!

We read several butterfly books, both fiction and non-fiction, and learned some great new vocabulary: proboscis, metamorphosis, life cycle, symmetry, chrysalis and more.

To follow up we painted egg carton caterpillars, and gave them pipe cleaner antennae.
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!

We made life butterfly life cycles from pasta (risotto for eggs, rotini for caterpillars, shells for the chrysalis, and of course bow-tie noodles for the butterflies!
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!

We practiced the concept of symmetry by decorating some lovely die-cut butterflies.
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!

We even made a pictograph: Do you prefer caterpillars or butterflies?  Can you guess which one was the most popular?
Lots of activities, ideas, and art projects to do while you're learning about butterflies with your preschool or kindergarten kiddos!

For all the learning and fun that we had, the best is yet to come.  We're waiting for our butterflies to hatch, and then we'll take them outside, where they belong, and set them free.  If we are very lucky the life cycle will start again in the garden around our library, and we'll have butterflies all summer!

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