Teach Your Kids About …. Butterflies

Spring is here, and that means that butterflies will be coming soon! The amazing process of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly is completely fascinating (and not just for kids!) Here’s a round up of some great resources to teach your kids all about butterflies.

Teach your Kids About Butterflies


Last spring, our family had the opportunity to raise little larvae through their caterpillar growth until we released them as full-grown Painted Lady butterflies. It was a really interesting experience. Even I learned so much about butterflies that I’d never known before. (Did you know that they pop their caterpillar heads when they make their chrysalis? THAT was a weird and freaky moment!) Seeing the process in action is absolutely the best way to learn about the butterfly life cycle. If you are interested in raising your own butterflies, you will need to either find your own eggs, or buy a kit.

Butterflies Collage

Where to Buy Caterpillar Kits (in Canada):

Find your own eggs:

Raising Butterflies Observation

Lesson Plans

Life Cycle

Activities and Crafts




Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Conservatories in Canada


Websites for Kids

I’m attempting to join into a challenge that will blog through the alphabet over the next 26 weeks that is hosted by Ben And Me. This is letter B. Feel free to join in yourself, or see what other people are blogging about!

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4 Comment(s)

  • by Nelleke from P.E.I. Posted May 8, 2014 8:58 am

    Thank you for these resources! We’re hoping to find some eggs or a caterpillar to watch this year.

  • by Jenn Posted May 8, 2014 1:18 pm

    Incredible! Thank you for gathering all of this! What a fabulous unit study!

  • by Nikki Posted May 11, 2014 2:41 am

    Wow Thanks for all the resources. I’m pinning you. 🙂 We are doing the Butterfly project with Journey North. Not sure if I saw that one. I clicked several of your links. Anyway if its not there. What happens is in the fall you send a butterfly to mexico with various required information. You can track the trip and then in the spring you receive a paper butterfly back. You can find it here. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/ and then here is the project… http://www.learner.org/jnorth/sm/index.html it is open to homeschoolers. We had a great time with it so far. Just thought I’d share it with you. 🙂

  • by Lisa Nelson Posted May 15, 2014 7:36 am

    This is an awesome list of resources LisaMarie! Thank you so much for sharing on the #homeschoollikup!

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