Caterpillars & Butterflies

In order to try and channel the sunshine to Wisconsin, our theme last week was Caterpillars and Butterflies! Our nametags were butterflies and we started with our normal Opening Song, Hi, Hello. The library that I work at has an adorable butterfly puppet that turns into a caterpillar from Folkmanis. I used this to help introduce our theme and explain the lives of caterpillars and butterflies.

Fluttering Picture Books:

waiting for wings
Waiting for Wings
by Lois Ehlert
very hungry caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpilalr
by Eric Carle
so many butterflies
Dora the Explorer, So Many Butterflies

by Lara Bergen, Illus. by Warner McGee
caterpillar spring butterfly summer
Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer

by Susan Hood

Songs and Fingerplays

“My Friendly Caterpillar”
I also used the butterfly puppet for this fingerplay.

My friendly Caterpillar
Fingers crawl up arm.

Made its cocoon one day.
Close hands together.

It turned into a butterfly
Open hands with thumbs hooked together.

And quickly flew away.
Flap hands.

“Two Little Butterflies”

Two little butterflies sitting on a hill
One name Jack, and one name Jill

Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill
Come back Jack, Come back Jill

Other Verses:
Cloud… Soft.. Loud
Stick… slow… quick
Sky… low…high

Flannel Board Activity

“Colorful Butterflies”

butterfly flannel
A template for the butterflies is available here! (this is my first time trying to share a google doc link– if it doesn’t work please tell me and I will add it another way!)
The first to come to the garden bed
is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED

Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE

This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
says the butterfly of the softest GREEN

Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of yellow

Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
the garden is waiting for a color like you

Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
fly in, right where you belong

Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!

After we did the rhyme and counted the butterfly’s I had another activity with the butterflies. I had hidden a caterpillar behind one of the butterflies and each kid guessed which color butterfly had the caterpillar. We then did this rhyme in order to check for the caterpillar:
Knock, Knock, Knock
Little caterpillar, little caterpillar
Are you behind the ______ Butterfly?
and then turn it over to see if the caterpillar is there!


And our caterpillar was behind the PURPLE butterfly! The kids loved this activity and I plan to incorporate it into more flannels.

Flannel Friday’s roundup this week is hosted at In The Children’s Room.


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Butterfly Sun Catcher!
Printable (again a google doc link so let me know if it doesn’t open!)

I printed the butterflies out on different colored paper and cut out the outline. I then used contact paper and stuck it to the back of the butterfly, sticky side up. The children then had a lot of tissue paper colors to choose from to stick to their butterfly! For the open spots they didn’t cover with tissue paper they added glitter. The finish touch was to add black pipe cleaners as anntanae.

5 thoughts on “Caterpillars & Butterflies

  1. I love butterflies. Butterflies are always a fun theme! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks! I have been looking forward to this theme since like January! It was definitely breath of fresh air :)

  2. The Jack and Jill rhyme is great! I used a bunny version of it for Spring this year, but I’d love to use the butterflies next time. Thanks for the idea.

    1. I have also used it for bats during Halloween– It’s very versatile! As is Knock Knock Knock!

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