- 2 Paper plates
- Red and black paint
- Beehive and bees; printed, colored, and laminated
- Ticky tack
- Life Cycle of a Butterfly coloring page
- B Tracing Page, laminated
- Diary of a Worm book (optional)
- Dry erase marker
- Coffee filter
- Pipe cleaner
STEP 1: Ask your child to name as many bugs as they can. Help them out. Explain that the word bug starts with a B and there are lots of different types of bugs and that you are going to learn about a few today. The first one is a butterfly. Pull out the life cycle coloring page. Go through the life cycle of a butterfly (if you need help just Google it). Explain each step, then let your child color that step.
STEP 2: Let your child paint the coffee filter and clothespin to make a butterfly. After the paint dries, fold the pipe cleaner in half. Scrunch the coffee filter in the middle to create two wings. Clip the clothespin to the middle of the coffee filter and then the middle of the pipe cleaner.
STEP 3: Read Diary of a Worm. Discuss with your child that worms help the earth and help things to grow. You can also talk about spiders (since his best friend is one).
STEP 4: Pull out the paper plates, paint, circle of black paper, and brads. Let your child paint one completely black and the other completely red. On the red have your child paint red polka dots. After they dry, cut the red plate in half. I actually drew a line on the white side of the per plate and let my daughter practice her scissors skills by cutting along the line. Lay the red halves on top of the black plate. Attach each one at the top with a brad so the wings can pivot out like a ladybug’s.
STEP 5: Review the letter B using the tracing page and beehive again.
FIELD TRIP: Butterfly Exhibit or Bug Museum
TREAT: Ants on a Log
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