Butterfly Life Cycle: Part Three

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Ki-sis. Yep, that’s what our caterpillars changed into…a ki-sis!  Haha! Grayson was so excited, and a tad bit confused, to see his caterpillars change into chrysalises or chrysalides. It’s not easy explaining what a chrysalises is to a three year old, but I did it.  It doesn’t hurt to use those big scientific words even at the age of three.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 3 - MJCS
To help him better understand the life cycle of a butterfly, we sat down with our favorite butterfly books and talked about it.  I showed him a chrysalis in the book and we then compared the one in front of us.  Oh, the smiles and giggles.  He was so happy to see the life cycle of a butterfly up close and personal.
When I was teaching, my favorite tool in the classroom was double-sided tape!  I used it for almost everything, including moving our chrysalises into their garden.  I am always happy to find a reason to bring it out at home and I think it works great for this activity.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 3 - MJCS
To apply what we learned today, I grabbed the life cycle printable from my Bugs Preschool Pack.  We used our watercolors to paint each picture.  I was able to find pasta that resembled the stages of the butterfly that we glued onto each stage.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 3 - MJCS
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 3 - MJCS
You can get this activity and more in my Bugs Preschool Pack.  And check out the rest of this series here.
Butterfly Life Cycle for Little Learners - MJCS

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