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Butterfly and Caterpillar Crafts

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These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like egg cartons, cardboard, paper, boxes, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

To learn more about butterflies and caterpillars, click here.

Click on any of the crafts to go to the instructions. Have fun!

Butterfly and Caterpillar Crafts:
Styrofoam+Drinking Straw Puppets


Make adorable puppets from styrofoam trays and drinking straws.
HANDPRINT BUTTERFLY


Make paper butterflies from handprint cut-outs.
BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE MOBILE

A butterfly life cycle mobile made from construction paper and a paper plate.
BUTTERFLY MOBILE

A butterfly mobile made from construction paper, twigs, and thread.
PAPER PLATE BUTTERFLY PUPPET


A butterfly puppet made from two paper plates.
BUTTERFLY CARD

A great butterfly card.
BALANCING BUTTERFLY


A thin cardboard butterfly that balances on its head, seeming to defy the laws of gravity.
BUTTERFLY CALENDAR TO PRINT


A butterfly and moth calendar you can print out and color.
BUTTERFLY COLORING BOOK


A butterfly and caterpillar book you can print out and color.
PAPER CHAIN CATERPILLAR


Make a cute caterpillar from a paper chain - it can be a great puppet.
ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY


A simple-to-make origami butterfly made by folding a piece of paper.
BUTTERFLY WAND


Make a butterfly wand with a popsicle stick, a pipe cleaner and a coffee filter.
BUTTERFLY WINDOW HANGING


Make a butterfly window hanging using waxed paper, crayon shavings, and an iron.
EGG CARTON CATERPILLAR

Make caterpillars from egg cartons and pipe cleaners.
LIANA RAINFOREST VINE STRING DECORATION


Make a liana tropical vine for a room decoration.

Printable Books on Butterflies:


(Painted Lady) Butterfly Life Cycle Book
A Printable Activity Book

A short, printable activity book on the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly for fluent readers (with tabs).


Butterfly Life Cycle

A short printable shape book for early readers about the life cycle of a butterfly, with pages on the egg, caterpillar, pupa (chrysalis), and adult.


This Butterfly...

A short printable book for early readers about colors. The pages are: This butterfly is blue, yellow, red, pink, purple, orange, green, brown, gray, stripes, and dots.

Related Printable Activities:


Butterfly Printouts for students

Butterflies and Moths: Calendar to Print and Color


A calendar with pictures and information about various butterflies and moths.
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Butterflies

Draw two butterflies and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which butterfly would fly better?"
Follow the Instructions

Butterflies: Follow the Instructions

Draw and color butterflies according to simple directions, such as, "Finish drawing the butterfly in the center square; color it green." Or go to the answers.


ButterflyLife Cycle Sequencing Cards

Cut out the four scenes and arrange them so they show the life cycle of the painted lady butterfly from egg to adult as it undergoes complete metamorphosis.
Butterfly Anatomy and Life Cycle: Cloze Activity
Fill in the blanks (using a word bank) about butterflies.
Answers
Butterfly math/color printout - This printout involves having the students do math problems in order to color in a butterfly scene.
butterfly wordsearch

Butterfly Wordsearch Puzzle

Find the words in the butterfly wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message. Secret Message: "Butterflies are flying insects." Or go to the answers.
multiple choice

Caterpillar Definition - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz

Answer 8 multiple-choice questions on the definition of caterpillar; a lesson in using a dictionary. Go to the answers.
multiple choice

Pupate Definition - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz

Answer 8 multiple-choice questions on the definition of pupate; a lesson in using a dictionary. Go to the answers.

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