I have been making some form of this butterfly life cycle printable book for over 10 years now! It’s not something I use every year, of course, but it’s a staple for them I’m teaching about butterflies. Every time I’ve used it, my students enjoy the process of making it and reading it together!
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free butterfly life cycle printable for kids
Bow tie pasta
Green construction paper
The kiddos can help out with most (if not all!) of the preparation for this activity!
Color the pasta pieces as you see fit. I used extra pasta leftover from my butterfly life cycle necklace – green rotini pasta for the caterpillar, orange shell pasta for the chrysalis, and purple bow tie pasta for the butterfly.
As the pasta is drying, use a hole punch to create small white circles from paper.
Print out the butterfly life cycle printable (link at the end of the post). Fold each paper in half, with the words facing out. This turns 3 pieces of printer paper into 6 pages of a mini book. Unfold and place the papers on your work surface.
Cut out 4 leaf shapes from green construction paper.
1. Have the child write her name on the front cover of the book!
2. Glue a green leaf onto each of the life cycle pages.
3. Glue the tiny white hole-punched circle on the page that reads, “Here is the egg.” Be sure to point to each word and read the writing to (or with) the child.
4. Glue each colorful piece of pasta on the appropriate page. Keep pointing and reading each sentence as you’re going along!
5. Let the “illustrations” dry.
6. Once everything is dry, refold the pages and staple into a mini book.
7. Go back and read the book! Read it again and again and again!
Oh how I adore book-making with children! It’s fun, meaningful, and chock-full of early learning opportunities! Here are some of the concepts touched upon with this butterfly life cycle printable book:
- The butterfly life cycle, of course! 🙂
- Words convey meaning
- Name writing practice and letter formation
- Reading left to right, top to bottom
- A period means stop
- Letter-sound correspondence
- The concept of a word
Change it up!
I change the words to this mini book depending on my students. I like to keep the text predictable when working with pre- and emerging readers, but I change the sight words. Sometimes it’s “I See a Butterfly” or “This is a Butterfly.” It really depends on the kids and what they’re learning at that time.
Also, sometimes I have the children write the words themselves. Again, it depends on the students’ needs at the time! This book is a simple concept, but it can be easily adapted!