Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Life cycle of a butterfly project for Kindergarteners. Reinforces science concepts as well as some high frequency literacy skills. For the egg, I used a kidney bean. The caterpillar is pom-poms glued together with *hot glue* (very important, extra strength craft glue did not work!). I had the students form two caterpillars; the second is wrapped into the foil (chrysalis). Finally, the students use watercolors to paint one side of a coffee filter. After it dries, clip on the clothespin. Glue all to the paper with craft glue. There you have it... a butterfly project to accompany "Very Hungry Caterpillar" that drives home the science as well. The kids absolutely loved this! I will be repeating this every year. The only thing I might do differently next time is draw boxes for them to specifically glue the stage names in place. I might also make the shape of the paper into a circle so that the cycle can be seen as circular (never-ending).

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