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  Supplemental enrichment activities for Can't Catch a Butterfly are as high as the sky.  Below find some of my favorite butterfly crafts, songs, games, and a few extras.



  Plastic Bag  Butterflies



Materials:  Gallon size plastic sealable bag, pipe cleaner, and colorful miscellaneous items to fill inside.  Ideas include: crete paper, ribbon, scrap fabric, sprinkles, beads, pompoms, foam objects, colored feathers, colored tissue paper, crumpled wrapping paper.

This is my ultimate favorite butterfly craft.  I make this activity with my students each year.  It takes only minutes to make but I stretch it out to last a lot longer!  The craft is a great sensory and language activity.  Use items with a variety of textures.  Let children feel each object before placing in the bag.  You can work on action words like "cutting", "pulling", "shaking", and "squeezing".    Once each child has finished placing objects inside begin to shut the bag.  At the very corner "blow" a little air inside the bag until it inflates slightly.  Then finish sealing.  Gather the bag in the middle and wrap a pipecleaner around the center.  You have a beautiful butterfly to hang up on a window or wall!!

 Hand/Foot Butterfly


Materials:  Colored construction paper, pencil, scissors, pipe cleaner, markers/crayons, glue, and tape.  Optional items include craft eyes and pompoms for a nose.

In the springtime everything grows... including children!  Capture a child's unique transformation by having them make a butterfly from their own hand and footprint.  Trace a child's foot one time on a piece of construction paper for the butterfly's body.  Then trace a child's hand on several sheets of construction paper.  You will need six "hands" all together.  Cut out all of the tracings.  Glue the handprints to the backside of the butterfly body.  There should be three hands on each side.  Fingers should face outward. Fold a pipe cleaner in half and tape to the backside of the top of the "foot" body.  Have each child draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth.  This butterfly will surely be a keeper for years to come.  Make sure to date the back!

 Coffee Filter Butterfly


Materials: coffee filters, pipe cleaners, watercolors, clothespins.  Optional: craft eyes and pompoms, glue, magnet strip.

Give each student a coffee filter and a tray of watercolors.  Have students paint their coffee filter.  Dry the coffee filter overnight or dry with a blowdryer in seconds.  Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half and place it in the top of the clothespin.  Then, gather the coffe filter in the center and clip into the clothespin.  I like to add some character to the butterfly by placing eyes and a nose on the butterfly's body.  Make this craft extra special and glue a magnetic strip to the back of the butterfly's body.  This will make a cheery magnet for the refrigerator!

 Paper Plate Butterfly Life Cycle


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Materials: 10 in. or 9 in. white paper plate, light colored construction paper, uncooked pasta (orzo or rice, large shell, rotini, bowtie), watercolors, black marker, glue, scissors, three small sticks, 2 leaves, 1 wildflower.

Trace and cut out a 8 in. or a 9 in. circle on a piece of construction paper.  Glue down in the center of the plate.  Take the black marker and draw two lines to divide the plate into four sections.  Next, label the outer edges of the plate with the stages of the butterfly's life cycle.  Have the children paint their rotini green for the caterpillar and their shell green for the chrysalis.  Have children paint the butterfly their favorite color.  Glue the orzo or rice on a leaf in the egg stage.  Glue the rotini on a leaf in the caterpillar stage.  Glue the large shell pasta underneath the stick for in the chrysalis stage.  Then glue the bowtie pasta to represent the beautiful transformation into a butterfly. 

*This project provides a wonderful visual demonstration to help kids explain how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.

              Butterfly Songs 

 Flutter, Flutter, Butterfly

(Original Author unknown)

Tune of: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"

Flutter, flutter, butterfly.

Floating in the summer sky.

Floating by for all to see.

Floating by so merrily.

Flutter, flutter, butterfly,

Floating in the summer sky.



Pretty Butterfly

(Original Author Unknown)

tune of:  "Up on the Housetop"

First comes a butterfly

Who lays an egg.

Out comes a caterpillar

With many legs.

Oh, see the caterpillar

Spin and spin.

A little chrysalis to sleep in.

Oh, oh, oh, look and see,

Oh, oh, oh, look and see.

Out of the chrysalis, my, oh, my,

Out comes a pretty butterfly!



Roly-Poly Caterpillar

(Original Author Unknown)

Roly-poly caterpillar (wiggle right pointer finger)

Into a corner crept. (place right pointer finger in left cupped hand)

Spun around himself a blanket (spin around)

Then for a long time slept. (place head on folded hands)

Roly-poly caterpillar (wiggle right pointer finger)

Wakening by and by. ("stretch" right pointer finger)

Found himself with beautiful wings

Changed to a butterfly. (flutter arms like wings)

Be sure to click here to check out the "Laughter and Love" section.  You will find butterfly learning activities galore to complement the story Can't Catch a Butterfly.
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