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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Butterfly Metamorphosis

photo from those northern skies
I just loved this little butterfly life cycle project the minute I saw it at those northern skies. It is so simple but so attractive and just enough for little ones to be creative and yet show that they know the process of complete metamorphosis.

We didn't have paper plates for it, so I just traced a plate on a piece of cardstock for the circle. I helped them divide the circle into roughly even quarters. They then stamped a leaf onto the first two sections and glued a small twig to the third section. They then glued the appropriate beans or pasta for each of the sections. Quentin had the idea to put a bean in the pupa shell to represent the pupa inside the chrysalis. It is like a cut-away cross-section. 

James likes to add multiple in his picture. While he was working, he told me about the fact that a butterfly will lay a lot of eggs, but with all the predators, there ends up being perhaps only one adult butterfly, effectively narrating this fact of nature. I am going to encourage them to both label the sections and paint or use markers to color at least the butterfly once the glue is dry.
Science Sunday


  1. I LOVE this! We found and hatched Monarchs for a good portion of the summer last year. This would be a great review project!

  2. Both Quentin and James had wonderfully creative and articulate changes/adaptations to make. Cool!!

  3. I might do this with my little visiting preschooler I have two to three days a week. Thankyou!

  4. Your changed your header !!!!!!!
    I'm going to change mine for monday, but I thinking about it yet.
    About butterfly craft. You are creative. I didn't thiink in one like this.

  5. I really like the bean inside the noodle, view - it makes the whole thing look more real.

  6. At first I thought those were marshmallows, and I was going to say, how many did they eat before the project was done, but they were beans. Not as much fun to sneak away.


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