ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Butterfly Lifecycle--Movement and Music!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Butterfly Lifecycle--Movement and Music!

Hi, I'm Jedda from This Little Project.
We are enjoying a lot of butterfly fun at our house right now.  We rescued a monarch from the middle of the road this past week and have been watching a friend raise some monarchs from egg to chrysalis.  Today I'll share some Movement and Music ideas to go along with that beautiful transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.

It's a miracle every time!

This movie shows the transformation of of a butterfly from an egg to a monarch butterfly.  It's perfect to watch before learning and singing the songs below.

 This movie is a song about the life cycle of a butterfly, with pictures.  It's short and easy for young kids to sing.  (Note: usually the "house"a butterfly makes is referred to as a chrysalis and the one a moth makes is a cocoon.) 


We made some fun Butterfly Finger Puppets to fly around the room.

By using pieces from a glove they are easy to make and slip on little fingers.
For directions to make yours, go here.

Here is another song about the butterfly life cycle-no pictures, but the kids would love coloring this one to go with it.  Just cut out each piece and glue to it a popsicle stick and hold it up for each part of the song.


I love this way of acting out the life cycle.  You just need a blanket, some butterfly wings, and some "leaves to eat".  This is a wonderful way to incorporate movement into learning.


 A Snack Craft! is a fun way to do some hands-on learning.  This gummy worm is the caterpillar and then the kids turn him into a butterfly.  For peanut allergies, substitute marshmallow cream for the peanut butter spread. Directions here.


I hope you enjoy learning about butterflies as much as we have!

Be sure to stop by This Little Project for more learning fun ideas!


  1. Such a fun lesson! We would love for you to link it up in our Crafty Showcase. We are also looking for any crafts, etc with pets & animals. So feel free to link up anything in that theme, too!

    Love your blog and stop in each week to see what is new!

    Susie @Bowdabra

  2. Hi Jedda, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. What beautiful butterflies! The last one looks really yummy!