RECAP: Tot School – Spring – Butterflies


So here’s a recap of our Spring Tot School on Butterflies. This might have been my favorite unit yet!

live butterfly garden – Such a success!!! She loved watching them change and grow, and she was a real trooper about letting them go and “meet new butterflies and make new caterpillars.”

The difference between a chrysalis and a cocoon 

Bible Verse: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation! The old has gone; the new has come!”

2 Corinthians 5:17

Book List: (Sorry for all the excess library info.)

We weren’t able to get all of the books on our list, but of the ones we got, my favorites were:

Caterpillar to Butterfly

Caterpillar to Butterfly

By Herrington, Lisa M.(Book – 2014 )
Waiting for Wings

By Ehlert, Lois(Book – 2001 )

A Butterfly’s Story

By Kleven, Elisa(Book – 2013 )

Song: Fairley loved this!
The fuzzy little caterpillar went up into a tree, 
spun his chrysalis and then he went to sleep. 
While he was sleeping he dreamed that he could fly, 
when he woke up (sigh) he was a butterfly.
Letters: We just did lots of review in other ways. We also played around with flashcards.
-We learn and review letters in lots of different ways these days. We might focus on Bb (and could use these flashcards), or we might not! 🙂
Colors: General review
-Same with colors – we discuss them during all of our activities, and she seems to know them all now!
Life Cycle Activity – from
Butterfly symmetry – Didn’t have the same effect because it was hard to get her to paint only on one side, etc., but we at least introduced the idea of symmetry.
Dramatic Play: She loved gardening!
-Adding butterflies to our spring sensory bin (and also flowers and seeds to plant, etc.)
Science/Sequencing: Good supplemental resource
Math: Didn’t get around to this because I couldn’t find the shapes.
Building Butterflies (Shapes) – from
In this book, Caterpillar meets a bird, dragonfly, bee & butterfly.  He wishes he could fly like them.  Of course, at the end, his wish comes true. 
Super Tot will be locating the shapes listed on each blue card and building a butterfly using those shapes (see example).
(Remember to discuss symmetry!)
Field Trip: One day…
Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History (or another cheaper option if I can find one)
Snack: I love these kind of thematic snacks! Always a hit!
Butterfly Life Cycle Muffin Tin – from
Here is our Butterfly Life Cycle Muffin Tin

Tapioca pudding as we thought the tapioca sort of looked like little butterfly eggs.
Cottage cheese eggs on a spinach leaf.
Fruit-kabob caterpillars (blueberries and grape slices)
Carrot slice caterpillar
Crescent roll chrysalis (we filled it with an apple piece shaped like a caterpillar).
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich cut in half diagonally and shaped like a butterfly with orange bell pepper antennae.

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