It’s spring! As the weather grows warmer and flowers start to bloom, preschoolers become more interested in the world around them. Many preschoolers are interested in bugs of all types. Which makes butterfly themes in your classroom a fun learning opportunity!
Spring can bring an even broader interest in insects and butterflies. Use this interest to engage children in hands-on activities. From different art activities to practical science, these butterfly activities will engage your children in different ways as they explore the butterfly life cycle.
Butterfly Activities for Preschoolers
Butterfly Life Cycle Sensory Bin (Pre-K Pages) – Children love learning about butterflies, especially in the spring. Our colorful butterfly life cycle sensory bin is a fun way to extend this learning!
Coffee Filter Butterfly (Pre-K Pages) – This classic butterfly craft is a must for all preschool classrooms! Not only is this a classic craft, but it’s also super easy to make and uses supplies you probably already have on hand.
Raising Butterflies in Preschool (Pre-K Pages) – Young children are often filled with wonder and amazement at the natural world around them. This innate curiosity makes raising butterflies the perfect science experience for preschoolers to do in the spring.
Butterfly Fold-overs (Teach Preschool) – Create beautiful butterfly painted fold overs to decorate the classroom with!
Butterfly Sensory Bags (Teach Preschool) – With plastic bags and paint, have fun creating these butterflies in this sensory bag activity!
Butterfly Snack (Teach Preschool) – Have fun creating these butterfly shaped snacks that your preschoolers will also enjoy eating.
Butterfly Matching Cards (Prekinders) – This Butterfly Matching Game and more Bug Games will help children practice visual discrimination skills.
Easy Paper Butterfly (Red Ted Art) – These paper butterflies can be used in lots of different ways – turn them into a darling butterfly mobile, decorate your wall.
Chromatography Butterfly (Buggy and Buddy) – Looking for some spring themed science for kids? You’ll definitely want to explore chromatography using coffee filters and markers. The results from this science experiment can even be used to create a colorful butterfly craft for kids!
Easy Butterfly Feeder (Reading Confetti) – This butterfly feeder is easy for kids to make and looks great hanging from a tree. All you need is a plastic planter, some string, and butterfly food and you’re ready to do some butterfly watching.
Butterfly Activities for Preschoolers
Butterfly Life Cycle Necklace (Fun-a-Day) – Preschoolers love learning about insects, and butterflies are often a favorite with my students. So I was inspired to share a classic butterfly life cycle craft with a little twist.
Butterfly Life Cycle Story Board (Growing Book by Book) – This science and literacy activity is a fun way to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly and build language skills.
Butterfly World Play Dough Kit (Mama. Papa. Bubba.) – When spring is in full force, have fun putting together this butterfly play dough kit.
Butterfly I Spy Game (Simple Play Ideas) – Download the Butterfly I Spy game, and get some colored pom poms for this activity.
Butterfly Count and Sort (Powerful Mothering) – Use colored paper and a butterfly paper punch to create these beautiful butterflies.
Butterfly Sensory Bottle (Rhythms of Play) – This butterfly sensory bottle is a great calm down tool to help children learn.
Butterfly Sponge Painting (Mom with a Lesson Plan) – Use a sponge to make a butterfly and then have fun with this butterfly activity.
Butterflies and Flowers Number Line (Mom Inspired Life) – This butterflies and flowers number line activity is a great way to work on number identification, counting and adding with preschoolers.
Butterfly Collage (Mom Inspired Life) – This butterflies and flowers number line activity is a great way to work on number identification, counting and adding with preschoolers.
Butterfly String Painting (Brick by Brick) – Create beautiful painted butterflies with a bit of string!
Wooden Peg Monarch Butterfly (No Time for Flash Cards) – Make your own Monarch butterflies with just some clothespins, pipe cleaners, and streamers.
Bandaid Butterflies (No Time for Flash Cards) – You can have your preschoolers create these easy butterflies with band-aids and gauze.
Color Matching Butterfly Activity (No Time for Flash Cards) – Your preschoolers can work on color recognition with this butterfly activity.
Learning About Symmetry with Legos and Butterflies (Fun at Home with Kids) – Your preschoolers will have fun playing with Legos while working on symmetry.
Butterfly Color and Number Walk (Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails) – Create these easy butterflies and then have your students go on a color and number walk