Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Life Cycle Of A Butterfly

Grace made this butterfly life cycle project this morning. This activity provides a wonderful visual demonstration to explain how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Grace & I first traced and cut out a circle on a piece of construction paper. We glued the paper down in the center of a paper plate and drew two lines to divide the plate into four sections. Next, I labeled the outer edges of the plate with the four stages of the butterfly's life cycle. Grace & I then went outside to find two small sticks and leaves. Grace glued the sticks and leaves onto the egg and chrysalid stages. Grace used a dried navy bean for the caterpillar egg and a dried pinto bean for the chrysalid. Later, Grace glued on a caterpillar and butterfly to complete the life cycle.Grace did such a wonderful job explaining the entire life cycle of a butterfly to me. Grace has always been fascinated by caterpillars and butterflies. Grace also does such a great job with sequencing so this was a perfect project for her!
We couldn't believe our eyes this morning as we were walking to the lake ~ a butterfly. How absolutely perfect! Grace hasn't stopped talking about this amazing sighting. This was the first butterfly we have seen this Spring and it couldn't have happened at a more perfect time.


Anonymous said...

You are amazing! I look forward to watching you explore nature, now that spring has come to Maine. Have fun with Maddy and Poppy!
Hugs from Vermont,
Donna xo

The Ousdahls said...

How perfect to see a Butterfly after doing this activity. Aren't butterflies WONDERFUL!!!!


what a moment~ said...

Your butterfly project is incredible. Grace will have to share it with us next week. We cannot wait to hear the life cycle of a butterfly in Grace's own words! And, to see an actual butterfly right after doing your project was -- just beyond words! How excited Grace must be!!
We are coming soon,
We Love You, Maddy & Poppy

Anonymous said...

Beautifully, simply done, with so much information. The butterfly sighting is the icing on the cake.

Got Gracie, Jack & Eve?