Wednesday, September 2, 2015

PROJECT: Butterfly Life Cycle with Pasta

A butterfly’s life cycle begins with an egg, which hatches into a caterpillar, which develops into a chrysalis and then metamorphosizes into a butterfly. You can observe all of these stages if you hatch painted lady butterflies in your classroom. And the perfect art project to illustrate the stages can be done with a paper plate and pasta.

You will need:
  • A paper plate
  • 4 types of pasta: bulgar for eggs; ziti for the caterpillars; shells for the chrysalis; and bowties for the butterflies
  • Glue
  • Markers, paint or crayons
  • Make an “X” across the paper plate to divide it into four sections.
  • Label each section with a butterfly stage: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly
  • Glue the appropriate pasta in each section. Draw or paint leaves. Color the pasta if desired.
I thank Jennifer Best for sharing this project with me. Her kindergarten students at Haynes Center for Enriched Studies did this project when they were learning about insects.
Painted Lady Caterpillars

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