Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Flutter by, Butterfly!

For those of you just tuning in, if you are anti-craft, this is not the blog for you.  We LOVE crafts and today was a particularly fine example of that.

I'm sad to say that this morning started out horribly.  I almost lost my mind!  To save myself time, I always give you the rundown of our day (seen at the bottom of each post) by cutting and pasting from our curriculum, which I keep saved on my Microsoft Works Word Processor.  Needless to say, this is the same place that I have all of my project ideas for the remainder of the year, that is, through August 2011!  Well, this morning, I tried to open it and it said that the file had been corrupted.  (This is the point where you should visualize my heart detaching itself and making its way at lightening speed up into my throat.)  I did manage to retrieve them (not without severe damage to the layout) after over an hour of tedium, but it put me in a state and now, tonight, I have a lot of work ahead of me to get it all back together.  Lesson learned:  SAVE YOUR WORD FILES AS TEXT FILES, TOO!  And, I fully intend to start making back-up discs.  I cannot even fathom the amount of hours put into that curriculum, and it was almost all gone this morning.  Ok ... moving on ...

Today, we studied BUTTERFLIES!!!

Your bug facts for the day:
Fact #1:  Caterpillars have more than 1,000 muscles.
Fact #2:  Caterpillars get most of their body color from the food that they eat.
Fact #3:  A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis and a moth emerges from a cocoon. 
Fact #4:  Butterflies can see red, green, and yellow.
Fact #5:  Moths find their way in the dark by the stars in the sky.

Our photos from today:

Showing off her tornado craft that she made at Preschool Adventures ...
 Our 'Butterfly Bounty' snack ...
 Making the sign for butterfly ...
 After reading about luna moths in our Pocket Guide, I caught her sharing what we read with 'Little Fella!'  (I hope he's taking notes!  I did learn that he won't emerge until LATE Spring!  Sheesh!  He's been sitting there since November!  But, I won't complain too much ... we also read today that some butterflies don't emerge for up to two years!)
 Our pom-pom caterpillar, drying ...
 The materials for our 'Butterfly Life Cycle' project ...
 Using a Q-tip to dip in the glue makes it much less messy!
 Going over the steps of a butterfly's life cycle ...
 (For the pasta shapes we used in this project, see below.)
Tissue paper butterflies ...
 To make a 'Paint Butterfly,' first, you fold your paper in half.  After it's reopened, squeeze a few dots of paint (in your desired colors) on only one half of the paper, to either the right or left of the folded line.
 Then, you fold your paper in half again, and use the palm of your hand to spread the paint between the two sides.  Open it up, add eyes and your antennae with a marker, and you have a butterfly!
 For our next craft, our 'Footprint Butterflies,' we started out by drawing our butterfly's center and getting naked from the knees down.  :)
 Then, we painted the bottoms of her feet!
 Press each painted foot, toes pointed out, firmly on each side of your butterfly's center, and you have a 'Footprint Butterfly!'  (No, we did not do this with two painted feet.  We did one foot, cleaned it, then did the other!  I think any other way would have been recipe for disaster!)  :)
 And, here, Maggie is demonstrating how we will make her 'Handprint Butterfly.'  (She made the butterfly's center this time.  I think it's so much cuter!) 
 Painting her hand ...
 One down, one to go!
 Ta-da!  :)
 Later, we role-played the life cycle of a butterfly.  Here, she is a caterpillar in her chrysalis.
 Then, out pops a beautiful butterfly!  (Susan, recognize the blanket?  It is her favorite!)  :)

Today, we:
1. We attended Preschool Adventures at North Columbus Library where we learned about weather and storms (including the reading of Farmer Brown Goes Round and Round by Teri Sloat and Storm is Coming by Heather Tekavec, and the making of a tornado craft).
Letter 'Z':
1. We made the 'Z' page of our letter book.
1. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
2. We read The Ugly Caterpillar by Carl Sommer.
3. We read The Case of the Missing Caterpillar by Sam Godwin.
4. We read Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert.
5. We read My, Oh My -- a Butterfly! by Tish Rabe.
6. We read Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert.
7. We read Becoming Butterflies by Anne Rockwell.
8. We read The Beautiful Butterfly by Judy Sierra.
9. We read A Luna Moth's Life by John Himmelman.
10. We read page 29 out of our Kindermusik Fiddle-Dee-Dee book, about butterflies, and made the American Sign Language sign for butterfly, as instructed.
11. We read the following poems from Bugs: Poems About Creeping Things by David L. Harrison: 'Caterpillar' (page 32), and 'Moth' (page 43).
12. We looked through our Pocket Guide to Butterflies and Moths by Elizabeth Balmer, and found Little Fella's species (Actias luna) to read more about him.
13. We made a pom-pom caterpillar out of small pom-poms and pieces of black string for the antennae.
14. We painted three Magic Paint Posters of a moth, butterfly, and caterpillar.
15. We ate a 'Butterfly Bounty' snack (as seen in a cut-out from a former issue of Family Fun magazine), made of snack mix in a ziploc bag, fastened in the center with a clothespin.
16. We made tissue paper butterflies, as seen in an Oriental Trading Company catalog.
17. We made the paint butterflies as seen at
18. We made handprint butterflies, using our handprints for the butterfly's wings.
19. We made footprint butterflies as seen in our The Everything Toddlers Activity Book, page 145.
20. We illustrated the butterfly life cycle on a large paper leaf with pasta shapes (orzo for the eggs, rotini for the caterpillars, medium shells for the chrysalis, and farfalle bowties for the butterflies), as seen in our Great Teacher Projects book, by Laura Mayne, page 35.
21. We sang the 'I'm a Butterfly' song, which goes through a butterfly's life cycle, as seen in our Great Teacher Projects book, by Laura Mayne, page 35.  (If you would like the lyrics to the same, leave a comment!)
22. We role-played the life cycle of a butterfly.  She crawled around like a caterpillar, then used a blanket to curl up in her 'chrysalis.'  After metamorphosis, she 'emerged' and began flapping her 'wings' like a butterfly.

Whew!  It was a busy day, and without help from my corrupted curriculum files, I am not ashamed to admit I'm glad it's over.  Tomorrow is a new day, though, and we will be studying the non-bugs, also known as spiders!  Check back with us!


  1. I love your site and the great ideas for butterflies. Especially the hands and feet prints! So cute. I think my home daycare would love to make the butterfly snack bags. I am going to bookmark your site! Love it!!

  2. Angela, thank you so much! Pass it on! Today, we'll be doing lots of fun spider activities! :)