This week my kids found many caterpillars in our backyard so we started talking about the life cycle of a butterfly. We read non-fiction stories on this topic and listened to songs about metamorphosis. We listened to songs on butterfly migration as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_1xC_nTDCY
We also did a butterfly yoga video on Cosmic Kids Yoga.
Today we decided to do a butterfly craft. For this craft you first fold a paper in half. Depending on the age you can draw the outline of the butterfly in various degrees of complexity. The next thing you do is use coloured glue to trace over the pencil lines. Crayola makes this glue but you can also put half paint in your glue bottle to get the desired colour.
When you are finished covering the outine with glue, fold the paper over onto itself and pat gently. When you open the picture you can talk to your child about the line of symmetry and the meaning of symmetry (a mirror reflection). This exercise is also wonderful for younger children to build their pincer grip and fine motor with the glue bottle. It also helps them trace different lines and prepare them for tracing and writing letter. If you decide to only use the primary colours in your butterfly you can teach your child these colours and any secondary colours that are made when two primary colours mix together.
Overall, we were very excited with the way this project turned out!
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.