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Caterpillar into Butterfly Craft for Kids

I do a lot of crafting FOR my kids.  In an effort to spend more time crafting WITH my kids, I’m starting a little segment that I’ll call Kiddie Crafts.  Today we’re gonna get started with a butterfly craft for the kids.  I love this craft so much!  When you are done, the kids are left with a little caterpillar that goes into its chrysalis and magically transforms into a butterfly.  (Really, there’s a secret pocket that it goes into.)  The kids loved it and thought it was magic at first!

Make this cool caterpillar into butterfly craft with free printables! It's like magic! The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.

When I saw that this Butterfly Garden from Insect Lore was on sale on Amazon a couple weeks ago, I couldn’t pass it up!  We did the ladybug one last year, and the kids LOVED it!!!  So much fun, and definitely worth the money!


These little critters showed up in the mail yesterday… so gross… but oh so cool!  Once they form their chrysalises, you move them to the netted cage and wait for them to emerge.  The kids are so excited!

The kids learned more about how these gross little caterpillars will turn into beautiful butterflies by doing our butterfly craft.  You can find free printables here.  You can print it out on colored paper and then let the kids decorate it as they please.  Instructions for assembly are listed on the printable.

Make this cool caterpillar into butterfly craft with free printables! It's like magic! The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.

They had a lot of fun playing with their butterflies/caterpillars, and I think it really helped them understand what is going to happen with their little bugs.

Make this cool caterpillar into butterfly craft with free printables! It's like magic! The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.
Make this cool caterpillar into butterfly craft with free printables! It's like magic! The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.

Seriously… this is what my kids do when I try to take a picture!

Make this cool caterpillar into butterfly craft with free printables! It's like magic! The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and then turns into a butterfly.

I have one more pretty cool butterfly craft in mind.  We’ll save that for when these guys decide to change.  We can’t wait! **edit: You can now find that craft here.**

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Sophia

Friday 15th of January 2021

Hi, Thanks for sharing this. Kids loooooooved it. I found this post months ago and I came back here today to say THANK YOU :)

Sandy

Saturday 6th of August 2016

We just finished a week of vacation bible school and did the caterpillar into butterfly as a craft project. The children ages 3 to 11 just loved it and at closing ceremonies Friday night almost every parent commented on that craft. Thanks so much.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 18th of August 2016

Yay! That makes me so happy to hear! So glad they loved it.

Kami @ Sweet Charli

Friday 25th of July 2014

My girls LOVE bugs and I know they will love this activity! Thanks so much for sharing. I have included this in my Pre-K learning roundup. :)

Nathalie

Sunday 30th of March 2014

This craft is the cutest thing I have ever seen! I am having my preschoolers do this next week. Thanks for sharing the template! I've done lots of different butterfly life cycle activities, but this is super creative and unique! I can't wait to have them make it.

THANKS AGAIN!

Preschool For Rookies

Jessica Anderson

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

Thanks Nathalie! So glad you like it. My kids loved them!

Megan

Wednesday 8th of May 2013

I made a version of this with my 4 year old niece today - she loved it! We used sheet foam for the caterpillar body and had a giant button that was a bee's head - but it doubled well as a caterpillar's head instead. The rest was all paper which she decorated with bits and pieces from her craft box. Required minimum supervision from me, which was great.

Jessica Anderson

Wednesday 8th of May 2013

Fun! What a great idea to use foam. Thanks for sharing!

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