Skilly-spark: Talk with your preschooler about caterpillars and how they become butterflies. Chat about how caterpillars walk, move, eat, eat and eat! Then explain that they go into a sleeping place called a chrysalis to grow into a butterfly. Discuss how differently butterflies look, move, and eat. You can read even more about a butterflies and their lifecycle here at the Louiville Zoo’s butterfly website.
Now let’s see how you can explore the life cycle of a butterfly. Challenge your child to:
Crawl like a caterpillar.
Eat grass like a caterpillar.
Hang like a caterpillar from a branch or a twig.
Now it’s time for the butterfly to come out. Challenge your preschooler to:
Be a butterfly emerging from the chrysalis.
Be a butterfly drying its wings.
Fly like a butterfly.
Land, move around, and sip from a flower just like a butterfly does.
Join your preschooler and crawl and flit together!
Keep the fun going
Draw pictures of your caterpillars and butterflies.