“Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite spring books for preschoolers. It explains the life cycle of the butterfly in simple terms. The illustrations are stunningly colorful. A book like this leads to all kinds of discussion around spring and what is happening in nature. The children might be inspired to make butterflies, caterpillars or flowers after hearing the story. I have some craft ideas to pair with this book.
Folded painted butterfly
- start with a piece of white paper, folded over
- draw one half of a butterfly with the fold on the right side and then cut it out
- have the children dab different colours of paint on one side of the open butterfly
- fold the two halves together and gently press down
- open up the paper and there will be a beautiful, painted butterfly!
- cut out antenna from coloured contruction paper to finish the look
Egg Carton Caterpillar
cut an egg carton in half and have the children paint it
- when it dries they can glue things on if they want to
- add pipe cleaners at the front for antenna
the children choose 2 or 3 of their favorite coloured pipe cleaners
- wind them all together and add antenna
Play Clay Caterpillar
- make a caterpillar out of the play clay stock in your art supply cupboard (see art supply list in an older blog)