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Caterpillar to Butterfly

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Spring is the perfect time to explore how caterpillars become butterflies!  Share these resources with your preschool or early elementary children.  

Watch author Eric Carle read his book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Read these books from the library’s eBook collection.  You can click on the links below or search for these titles in the Libby app:

Everybody Loves Butterflies by Tanis Taylor

Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar by James Dean

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Sing a song! Sing this song about the life cycle of a butterfly to the tune of Skip To My Lou:

I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
What’ll I be, my darlin’?

A chrysalis, now sleep like me,
A chrysalis, now sleep like me,
A chrysalis, now sleep like me,
What’ll I be, my darlin’?

A butterfly, come fly with me,
A butterfly, come fly with me,
A butterfly, come fly with me,
What’ll I be, my darlin’?

Now all together, let’s do all 3 three.

A caterpillar, a chrysalis,
A butterfly – three.
Move your body like this with me.
The life of a butterfly, darlin’.

Source: Ohio’s Day by Day Literacy Calendar


Download butterfly coloring pages from DLTK.

Watch this YouTube video to learn how to make a butterfly craft using washable markers and coffee filters.  If you do not have pipe cleaners, use bread ties instead!

Read more about butterflies from National Geographic Kids.