Butterflies and Caterpillars to Make a Colourful Garden

Butterflies are fascinating creatures with a remarkable life cycle. We had been looking after our caterpillars earlier in the year and we had been updating our caterpillar diary nearly every day.

Freedom!
Freedom!

and finally we did our big butterfly release after raising 5 healthy butterflies

So we have decided to look at two books – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

and Caterpillar to Butterfly (Life cycles) by Camilla de la Bedoyere

 

I chose a non fiction book as well as a fiction book to read with Peakles as I want her to start using non fiction books too.

As you can imagine we thoroughly enjoyed Eric Carle’s classic tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We had a large discussion about what she would like to eat if she was a caterpillar.  It seems strawberries, cake and milk is what a Peaklepillar would eat!  After this Peakles wanted to look a the other book and became engrossed in the colourful pictures.  She used her observation skills and noticed the difference between the fictional cocoon and the cocoon in the book.  She then wanted to look at the pictures on here of her own caterpillars and again noticed the differences.

Finally she wanted to make Very Hungry Caterpillar Butterflies- so this is what we did!

Materials: Paper plates, sponges, a variety of poster paints, pva glue, stickers string and scissors (for adult use only)

What we did:

We made beautiful butterflies by adding splodges of pain to the paper plates.

Splodges of paint
Splodges of paint

We then folded the plates in half and pressed down to create a symmetrical pattern.

Pressing down on the folded plate
Pressing down on the folded plate

We experimented with different colours and Peakles also found that she could change the shape of the pattern by pressing down and rubbing the folded paper plate in different directions.  We unfolded the plates and then left them to dry.  Once dry I folded the plate in half again and cut out a basic two wing shape.  We unfolded the plates to reveal beautiful butterflies!

Beautiful butterflies
Beautiful silver winged butterflies

To make some of the butterflies extra special we then added tiny splodges of gold or silver paint and left to dry.

Fold the butterfly in half after adding some gold paint
Fold the butterfly in half after adding some gold paint

 

Adding gold to our butterflies
Adding gold to our butterflies

With some of hte butterflies we added circles and stickers to the wings.

Yay stickers!
Yay stickers!
Beautiful butterflies!
Beautiful butterflies!
More butterflies!
More butterflies!

 

Beautiful butterflies
Striking Colours!

Finally the plates were covered in a thin layer of pva glue and left to dry (this will help to protect them in the garden).  We added some strings to the paper butterflies and tied them to the hedge.  They are delightful and help to brighten up the garden.

Butterfly Flutterbye!
Flutterybies!

They are especially pretty when the wind catches the wings and Peakles shouts ‘Look at the Flutterybies Mummy!’

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25 Responses
  1. Peakle Pie

    It was a great day. The sun helped to dry the butterflies off very quickly too! Yes we would love to link up for Country Kids this week!

    1. Peakle Pie

      We did and it was an easy craft for little ones to do too. They do seem to like folding the paper over and squishing the paint down!

  2. Peakle Pie

    We use paper plates all the time when we are painting! We have a stack of them after doing painting projects. We use them to mix paints on when we are painting and then use the dried plates for other craft ideas!

    1. Peakle Pie

      Our whole family became involved and loved coming in from school or work to see the caterpillars/butterflies. We do miss them!

  3. Love this idea – going to try it! We watched a moth pupate in front of our eyes a few months ago, and watched and waited until it emerged as a Lackey’s Moth. Monkey was mesmorised and it was great to share something I’d done with my Dad too #CountryKids

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