Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Butterflies

Welcome, Spring!  It's a little early for live butterflies, but never too early to brighten up the house with some colorful crafted ones.  Throw in a few butterfly books and we've had a lovely celebration of spring's arrival.

Check out these gorgeous books featuring butterflies.  Lois Ehlert is a great kids' artist, and  Waiting for Wings is her wonderful introduction to butterfly species and life cycles.  Eric Carle's illustrations make The Lamb and the Butterfly another bright and fun spring book.  Butterfly Count is a story about prairie restoration and the National Butterfly Count that occurs every 4th of July.  Butterflies in the Garden is a non-fiction book about various species of butterflies and how to attract them to your own yard.

I invited the kids to make tissue paper butterflies that I found on an awesome art website, Deep Space Sparkle.  T was pretty insistent that he just wanted to color them.  S made up for it by using a great volume of the tissue paper.  Incidentally, egg cartons?  Not a great storage place for tissue paper bits.

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Another project we did this week was the concertina fold butterfly from Kids Craft Weekly.  We recycled some old artwork for these.

We also tried out hand- and footprint butterflies.  They're pretty neat, and maybe would have looked even better in some brighter/ lighter colors, but the boys wanted blue and green.

I'm super proud of my butterfly life cycle snack!  Peas for eggs, sesame sticks for the caterpillars, olives for chrysalises, and farfalle for butterflies.  The kids are hard to impress, though.  I guess they have more sophisticated tastes than I do.

When T's preschool studied butterflies I did a different snack, using fruit leather (antennae), celery and cottage cheese (body), and pretzels (wings).

Here are a few of our favorite butterfly kids' songs:

Elizabeth Mitchell and Lisa Loeb sing a lovely bi-lingual (Spanish and English) butterfly song/ lullaby in their soothing children's CD, Catch the Moon.  Get the individual song online or buy the whole album-- I love it in its entirety.

Also, at the kids' yoga studio downtown we have fun doing yoga to Shakta Kaur Khalsa's Fly Like a Butterfly on her Happy CD.  My kids liked it so much that I bought the song on I-tunes for a buck.

I'm not huge into videos, but the HBO Classical Baby ones are very nice-- educational, with no dialogue (except the poetry one), and not too fast-paced.  There's an animated video of Frederico Garcia Lorca's poem, Mariposa in the Poetry dvd.  Watch Mariposa for free online at the poetry foundation.

For more butterfly fun, check out a cheap and easy way to make dramatic play of a butterfly's life cycle at Dresses and Messes.  Another gorgeous butterfly craft and some cute snacks are at Honey Bee Books.

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back next week for a yoga theme!


  1. I have been looking for some butterfly related picture books. You post has been very helpful. I love the tissue paper butterfly craft . . . very cheerful.

  2. I love the hand & feet butterflies. I bet they were fun to make. My little man (3yrs) also loves blue and green at the moment. We love theme days too! A big thank you for the link reference to my blog - very much appreciated.

  3. I love the sound of your butterfly books! And your craft is lovely!! Perfect!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty! Lovely to see you there!


  4. Wonderful butterfly crafts and activities! I love the handprint and footprint butterflies!

  5. What a great collection of ideas! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at SunScholars! I will be posting the next party tonight. I hope to have you linking up again this week!

    :)rachel @