Caterpillars and Butterflies
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Today’s Activities


Watch Caterpillar and the Polliwog.

Do you have any special talents? Are you a good reader or are you good at dance or playing sports?

If you had the ability to change into something else, would you? What would you want to change into? Why? Write 2-3 sentences to answer either of these questions.

Double check that your sentences have a capital letter at the beginning and a period at the end.

Draw a picture to go with your sentences.


Butterfly wings are almost always symmetrical. This means that both of their wings have the same pattern. Using some materials at home, make a symmetrical design of your own. You could use small beans, cheerios, or goldfish. Divide your work space in half. Use the materials you gathered to make a design or pattern on one half. Using the same materials, copy your design exactly on the other side. Design and create a symmetrical butterfly using paper and paint.

life cycle of a butterfly

Watch Life Cycle of a Butterfly.

On a piece of paper, draw the life cycle of a butterfly. Remember to label the stages of development. Egg, larva, pupa, adult.


Migration is a word that describes when animals travel from one place or habitat to another. They may do this to search for food. Migration helps animals survive.

Monarch butterflies migrate between 2,000 to 3,000 miles. Did you know that they travel to the forest of Mexico from the United States and Canada and back every year.

Can you follow their route on this map?

Why do you think butterflies travel down to Mexico?

Fun Fact: A butterfly is so small that a mile is much farther for them than for people. Their trip would be about the same as a person walking around the Earth 11 times!

build patience

The caterpillar was very patient while waiting to “turn into something else”. Watch this video about being patient.


Make a coffee filter butterfly.

Find a picture of a face in a magazine or an old picture of yourself or someone in your family. With your parent’s permission, cut the picture in half, vertically. Lay it on to a piece of blank paper. Remembering that symmetry means the same on both sides, try to draw half of the face that is missing.

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