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Butterfly Resources

Last year we hatched our own butterflies and it was such a hit that we’re doing it again!  Recently, I’ve been going back over some of the activities we did and books we read last year. I’ve also been looking for some new ideas for this year. I thought I’d share our favorites that the girls are excited to do again and some of our new ideas.

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

Our main component last year was a cute butterfly nature journal.  I normally try not to use printables that have a lot of color because they will eat through printer ink really fast but these are just too darn cute to pass up.  I thought I’d find something different for this year but the girls insisted on using these again.

The big new activity we’re adding this year is a butterfly lapbook.  Yikes!  This will be our first one and I’ve had to spend some time watching videos so that I can visualize how to do them.  I downloaded the file for last year but I just couldn’t wrap my head around it back then.  Watching the video this year really helped.

Julia Butterfly
Julia Butterfly

Here are some other resources that we enjoy…

Butterfly Coloring Pages
Butterfly Coloring Pictures – They have simple pages for younger kids and more difficult ones that adults would enjoy.
Butterfly Life Cycle Coloring Pages
Color by Number

Anatomy
Butterfly Anatomy
The Butterfly Conservatory
Cut and Paste Anatomy

Life Cycle of Butterfly
Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel
Life Cycle Coloring Booklet  – We are adding this to our lapbook.
Life Cycle Video

Butterfly Lessons
Butterfly Mini Helper
Monarch Lab – lessons grouped by grade level

Zebra Longwing Butterfly
Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Our Favorite Butterfly Books

The Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly
By Stephan R. Swinburne
Illustrated by Bruce Hiscock

A Monarch Butterfly’s Journey
By Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by Susan Swan

Butterflies and Moths
By Nic Bishop
This has really amazing photographs including a praying mantis eating a butterfly. The girls really wanted to buy praying mantis eggs for our yard until seeing this photo.

Becoming Butterflies
By Anne Rockwell
Illustrated by Megan Halsey

Glasswings: A Butterfly’s Story
Written and Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly
By Alan Madison
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Following the Life Cycle
By Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by Jeff Yesh

Migrating with the Monarch Butterfly
By Thessaly Catt

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey
By Loree Griffin Burns
Photography by Ellen Harasimowicz

Blue Morpho Butterfly
Blue Morpho Butterfly

Bring it to Life

Hatching your own butterlflies is a great way to witness the life cycle up close.  It’s something we look forward to every spring.  It’s also important to just spend some time out doors looking for butterflies around your yard and neighborhood parks.  Our community has a seasonal butterfly habitat at the local nature center called the Springs Preserve.  We’ve gone several times with friends and the kids just love it.  They can really get up close and observe many butterflies.  I think this even better than catching glimpses of them in a yard or park.  These butterflies stay still long enough for even little kids to get a really great look.  The pictures in this post were all taken on our recent trip.  Definitely take the time to visit a butterfly habitat if you have one in your area.

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