There are so many fun themes to do with the letter “B”…bugs, boats, bees…and butterflies. We went with butterflies because I thought that’s what Charlotte would enjoy most.
Here is our learning board for the week…we colored lots of pictures of butterflies.
Color by numbers butterfly-This one Charlotte had a ton of fun with and I liked that she was able to practice her numbers as well!
I don’t know about you…but I love crafts with hand prints, so we made a hand print butterfly. First I traced Charlotte’s hands on different colors of paper.
Then she colored them in. We cut them out.
Then she pasted them on a piece of construction paper.
And voila! The finished product…easy and cute!
We also baked some banana bread…with chocolate chips of course!
And we read lots of fun butterfly books. I didn’t have any recommendations on these ones, so I just went to the library and grabbed anything to do with butterflies.
And a great one for younger toddlers as well as preschoolers is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We’ve been reading this one since Charlotte was little but I busted it out again because it fit in perfectly with our butterfly theme.
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert is another one that would be great for younger toddlers or preschoolers. With beautiful, colorful illustrations this rhyming storybook walks through the process of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly and making it’s way to the garden for nectar. On the last few pages there are detailed illustrations of various butterflies and how they look as a caterpillar and chrysalis. There is also a page filled with the flowers that butterflies love. And an informational page as well explaining how butterflies develop, eat, and more. This book has it all!
Isabel’s House of Butterflies by Tony Johnston. This book tells the story of a young girl in Mexico who dreams up a creative solution when her parents are almost to the point of cutting down the butterfly tree (where all the monarch butterflies come each year) in order to sell the wood to have money for the family. I like that this book works in some Spanish, such as calling the tree la casa de las mariposas. It also has beautiful illustrations.
Butterfly House by Eve Bunting. This was a sweet story told by an older woman as she remembered how as a young girl her grandfather had taught her how to make a butterfly house for a caterpillar she had found. They watch the caterpillar transform into a butterfly and then set the butterfly free. At the end of the book there are instructions on how to raise a butterfly.
Butterflies for Kiri by Cathryn Falwell was one of my favorites. Kiri gets a box of origami papers from her aunt and struggles in frustration as she tries to learn how to fold an origami butterfly. After practicing over and over she succeeds. At the end of the book there are instructions on how to fold an origami butterfly. We didn’t attempt it, but it would be fun for an older child. I also thought this book would make a great gift with a box of origami papers for a grade-school age child.
Country: Brazil. We didn’t do much with this other than read about Celina in our Children Just Like Me book.
We also read about Carnival in Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! This book tells about holidays in different countries throughout the world. I think it’s a fun way for children to learn about different cultures, through the way they celebrate holidays.
I’ve been having trouble finding good picture books that would be interesting for a four year old about the last couple countries we’ve learned about. So instead, I got a folktale from Brazil called The Dancing Turtle by Pleasant DeSpain. The turtle is known for her wisdom in Latin American cultures and in this story she uses her wit to escape an untimely death.
Verse: “Believe in the Lord Jesus…” Acts 16:31