Hands On Learning: Butterfly Life Cycle

One of our favorite activities is doing matching with a book. We do this often with the toobs that we can match to a book. We have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. A recent book find at the library lead us to this great hands on activity.

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I love pulling out books and matching them to items we can use to match on the pages. This allows for multiple matching on each page. This is a great way to read the book. You read the book and listen for the key words: monarch, eggs, milk weed, caterpillar, and chrysalis.

You can do this two different ways: read the book first and then do the activity or read the book and do the activity. For a younger child I was would read the book first. If they are older it is fun to do the matching and listening while reading.

What you need for this activity: Safari Ltd Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly and Monarch and Milkweed.

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I read the page and then we match the butterfly life cycle to the page. There are many different types of items to look for on each page.

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This is a fun hands on way to learn. Be sure to let them have fun. Our caterpillar had to eat some of the leaves while we were reading. And he had to be sure to hang upside down to get read for shedding his skin.

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Our butterfly had to fly right off the page to fly to Mexico.

Hands On Learning: Butterfly Life Cycle - 3Dinosaurs.com

This is a fun and easy way to add a little hands on to your reading.

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Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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6 Responses to Hands On Learning: Butterfly Life Cycle

  1. LindseyLoo says:

    This is perfect for our butterfly unit coming up!

  2. What a great activity! We will have to try this 🙂

  3. Sue Lively says:

    This is the coolest idea for hands-on reading. It really gets the kids involved. I’m a teacher and have never heard of it – I’m going to add it to my tool bag! Thanks for sharing at the Love to Learn Linky! Best, Sue

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