Butterfly Snack Shack

Why

Explore the life cycle of butterflies with a fluttery mobile. How can you attract these beautiful, fragile creatures to your garden?


Steps

1. Did you know that there are about 28,000 species of butterflies? Learn more about these beautiful and unique creatures. Find out how to attract them to a backyard habitat. Research what a butterfly house looks like and why it is built that way. Here’s one way to make a decorative butterfly house to show what you learned.


2. Build a butterfly house. Sketch a butterfly house on construction paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. If you make a mistake or change your mind, they erase easily! Color both sides of your butterfly house with Crayola Slick Stix. e intense colors are so smooth! Cut out the thin, narrow butterfly openings in the house with Crayola Scissors. Punch a hole in the top and tie ribbon to hang your mobile.


3. Create butterflies. On wax paper, outline several butterflies. Color them with Slick Stix. Cut them out. Wrap each wing around a colored pencil to curl. Attach butterflies to their snack shack with a Crayola Glue Stick.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Adaptations

  • Research the wing patterns on butterflies, and then draw and color them.
  • Find out how butterflies and moths are similar and different. Create a chart to compare and contrast these two Lepidoptera.
  • Research what butterflies live in your area. Find out about butterfly farming.
  • Students with special needs may need assistance to cut out or curl the butterfly wings.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Twistables® Slick Stix™ Crayons
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • hole punch
  • wax paper
  • Hallmark ribbon

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs

subjects

  • Science
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students learn about butterflies (species Lepidoptera, meaning they have wings covered with scales).

  • Students study the life cycle of the butterfly and learn facts about butterflies such as what they eat, where they rest, and how long they live.

  • Students gather information about how to attract butterflies to their yards and gardens.

  • Students create a replica of a butterfly house.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards