Inside: This week our toddler and preschool classroom is set up for the butterfly theme. While we learn about the butterfly life cycle, we will have lots of hands-on learning activities offered throughout our classroom.
Once we return from spring break, we start focusing on our butterfly theme.
We order caterpillars and observe them grow bigger and bigger, until they go into their chrysalis.
When they emerge from their chrysalises as butterflies, it’s magical! We celebrate by taking them outside and releasing them, waving as they fly away.
We add lots of related activities in the classroom with lots of play and exploration.
Setting up the Classroom for the Butterfly Theme
You can see all of our themes here.
Welcome to my classroom! As soon as you enter, you will notice butterfly books displayed on top of the shelves. I love to take advantage of every part of our room, and it’s important to have a literacy rich environment.
We are having a butterfly tea party!
Grab some butterfly wings, or put on a jacket, or a tu-tu. Whatever is your fancy.
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I found some magnetic butterflies in plastic containers from the dollar store. They are solar powered and look like they are really fluttering around!
We added a butterfly hand puppet and tacked a poster on the wall.
I also added some butterfly exploration near our dramatic play area. I hung a big butterfly in the window (it’s meant to be part of a costume.)
On the shelf below we have magnifying blocks, magnifying tables, and binoculars, as well as some butterfly resources (some aren’t shown in this photo).
You can see our favorite science materials here:
We have 2 long tables pushed together for our activity table.
These tables are also where we have snack, family style, and where we have art.
Our reading area is in between our activity table and our dramatic play area. We keep books in our bookshelf, on the “coffee table”, and there is also a basket of board books between the couch and chair.
Whenever it’s time to transition, we have his basket placed on the carpet in our circle time area. The children gather there and take a book out of the basket to look at until it’s time for us to move to something else, like going to recess.
Here are some of the books for this theme:
We found some butterfly transparencies in our butterfly theme box that work perfectly on our light table. I do not know who donated them to the box, but I love them! We added some of the plastic butterflies that I found from the Dollar Tree.
The poster shows different types of butterflies. It’s been around for years so I am once again not sure of where it originally came from. (This happens when you’ve been teaching in the same school for almost 2 decades!)
We had a mixture of dried beans and lentils in our storage room, so I used them as the base for this butterfly sensory bin.
I added my favorite little baskets, our tree blocks, our butterfly life cycle model, the butterflies from the Dollar Tree, as well as the bug containers and nets, also from the Dollar Tree.
I created a very simple printable that we will be using for a butterfly art project.
I also added them to our writing table along with markers.
Scroll down to find the printable that YOU can use, too!
Remember our big, beautiful butterflies?
We can make them again at the easel!
We will paint with watercolors on these commercial-sized coffee filters and turn them into butterflies.
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Our play dough table won’t look as sparse as this photo. I just wanted to show how we will be adding lots of butterfly cookie cutters.
We will also add other fun tools, too!
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Don’t forget to grab your butterfly printable!
Bugs and Butterfly Lesson Plans
I’m so excited to be one of the authors of these hands-on lesson plans for toddlers and for preschoolers!
Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners.
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