Creating a butterfly life cycle picture

We’ve been learning about the life cycle of various insects recently as part of our #30DaysWild activities. The butterfly life cycle is always a favourite one for children to learn about. The transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is quite fascinating, especially when viewed through a little one’s eyes. Our latest craft box for our #BostikBlogger crafts was perfect for creating a picture to help teach the children about the different stages of the butterfly life cycle.

 

A butterfly life cycle picture made from leaf shapes, pipe cleaners, butterfly stickers and sequins - "Creating a butterfly life cycle picture"

 

You will need:

  • A piece of card or paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners in green, red and brown
  • Sequins, or small buttons
  • Leaf shapes
  • Butterfly stickers
  • Glue (we used a Bostik Fine and Wide Glu pen and Bostik White Glu)
  • A marker pen

 

 

Stage 1: Eggs

Stick a leaf shape to the top left hand corner of the piece of card/paper. Glue sequins or small buttons to the leaf to make the eggs.

 

Sophie sticking sequins on a leaf shape

 

 

Stage 2: Caterpillars

Stick some more leaf shapes to the top right hand side of the piece of card/paper. Cut small piece of green or red pipe cleaner for the caterpillars. You can leave the pipe cleaner plain (especially if it’s a thick fuzzy piece of pipe cleaner) or thread sequins along the pipe cleaner. This is good for encouraging fine motor skills. Glue the caterpillars to the leaves.

 

Caterpillars made from pipe cleaners and sequins glued to leaf shapes

 

Stage 3: Chrysalis

Stick another leaf shape to the bottom right hand side of the piece of card/paper. Cut a brown pipe cleaner in half. Fold in half once and then in half again and then twist the pipe cleaner to make the chrysalis. Glue to the leaf.

 

A chrysalis made from brown pipe cleaner glued to a leaf shape

 

 

Stage 4: Butterflies

Stick some butterfly stickers to the bottom left hand side of the piece of card/paper. Connect the four stages by drawing arrows with a marker pen.

 

A butterfly life cycle picture made from leaf shapes, pipe cleaners, butterfly stickers and sequins

 

We were sent a box of craft materials from Bostik as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger

 

 

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