Another option for the Dramatic Play Space this week, is to turn it into a Entomologist Lab. Add Posters of Insects, Child Safe Microscopes and Slides. Notebooks, Clipboards and Writing Tools. Add a Butterfly Habitat with Pretend Butterflies, and Caterpillars.
For the Construction area this week, consider: Laminating Butterfly and CaterpillarPattern Block Templates. Add pretend Butterflies and Caterpillars to your Block Play area. Add some natural Tree Blocks to your Building Space. Add a variety of pretend plants and flowers will allow the children to create an "Indoor Garden".
Practice numeral recognition, counting skills, and cardinality with this butterfly flip and count activity. Flip numbers 1-20 and add the corresponding number of butterflies to the jar-Pre-K Printable Fun
Here is a fun and easy DIY activity to compliment the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Create a "caterpillar" from a cylinder container (in the photo above the provider up-cycled a container of baby puff snacks). Put stickers that match the items from the book onto construction paper cut into small squares. Be sure to add the same quantity of each food as shown in the book (one apple, two pears, etc.) Children "feed" the caterpillar the food as they follow along with the story. This activity supports 1:1 correspondence as well as counting and sorting.
The find and punch letter match activity is easy to play. Simply flip the card and find the matching letter on the big leaf and punch a hole. Working with a hole punch requires great strength and hand-eye coordination. Preschoolers love to use these special tools and need lots of hand strengthening exercises. Pre-K Printable Fun
Practice Matching Uppercase/Lowercase Letters with this set of Butterfly Puzzles from Pre-K Printable Fun.
Butterfly 3-part cards
These butterfly 3-Part cards can be used in so many ways and are a fantastic way to introduce theme specific nomenclature. Use these as a memory game (as shown above, or in combination with butterfly replicas, or print two sets and separate the word form the photo on one set and encourage students to match them up.
Watch caterpillars make the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly with a Butterfly Garden. These little guys grow fast and the entire process is fascinating! Encourage preschoolers to record their growth by drawing pictures of what they see each week.
Plan and create a mini butterfly garden with your preschoolers. Set it up outside to invite butterflies and other creatures to visit. Check the garden often and observe for visitors.
You can use many different containers for your butterfly garden. One that can be enclosed, like the one pictured (here is the latest model) is great for observation!
Be on the lookout in your outdoor space for visiting butterflies and caterpillars. See if you can identify the butterflies and track which kind visit.
Talk about the natural habitats for your butterflies, release them into your garden once they are ready!
Life Cycle of a Butterfly Activity from Pre-K Printable Fun
Ask parents to share photos they may have of caterpillars and butterflies. Be sure they include any story behind the photos, such as where the photo was taken. Some parents may even have butterfly or caterpillar specimens they can bring in!
Ask parents to send in empty egg cartons for children to transform. Alternatively, challenge families to build a caterpillar at home using an egg carton as a base. They can then add on paint, color with markers, and glue on recyclables. Display in the classroom.