Your children will enjoy this lovely Butterfly Sensory Bin and Butterfly Habitat Activity.
It is easy to put together and perfect for themed learning with hands on activities.
Butterfly Sensory Bin
Make sure to download your free Butterfly Printables below to make this sensory bin bring even more educational experiences.
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Butterfly Habitat Activities for Kids
This is what you will need for this fun and educational hands on activity:
- 2lb bag white rice
- Green food coloring
- Butterflies from the Safari Ltd Insects TOOB
- Faux flowers
- Mini Yellow Pony Beads
- Butterfly net and tweezers (You can pick these up from any insect home kit or even from the Dollar Tree)
- Butterfly Question cards pdf
How to Dye Rice
To make your rice look like green grass:
Pour the rice into a gallon sized bag.
Squeeze ½ teaspoon green food coloring into the bag. Close the bag and carefully shake the bag to mix the green food coloring onto the rice. If you would like a darker color then add more food coloring in small amounts and thoroughly mix.
To use the sensory bin:
Carefully place the green “grass” rice into the bottom of a plastic or wood container. Arrange the flowers and butterflies around the rice. Carefully place a half dozen mini yellow pony beads into the center of one of the flowers.
Print and cut out the butterfly question cards.
Have your child pick one of the cards and discover the answer together by exploring the sensory bin.
There is so much to offer in one creative sensory bin.
Butterfly Life Cycle Activities for Preschoolers
Expand the Learning with Butterfly Books for Kids
Add books about the butterfly life cycle. A few of our favorites are A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Aston, My, Oh My — a Butterfly! by Tish Rabe and Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh are great resources.
See the pictures below for more books about butterflies.
Butterfly Habitat Activity
Butterfly Habitat Questions and great ways to use them:
- Q: What do butterflies eat?
- A: Show your child how butterflies land on a flower and then use their tongue like a straw to drink up some sweet nectar.
- Q: Where do butterflies sleep?
- A: Butterflies huddle up almost anywhere to sleep! Have your child hide your butterfly for the night in the sensory bin.
- Q: How do butterflies get around?
- A: They use their beautiful wings to fly! Have your child pretend that their butterfly is flying around the sensory bin.
- Q: How do butterflies help the flowers?
- A: They pollinate flowers. While they are drinking the nectar, pollen sticks to butterflies legs and feet. Show the child how this might happen by stringing the mini yellow pony beads onto a leg of the butterfly. Then show how the butterfly flies to the next flower, where some of the pollen falls off and stays on that flower. That is how pollination works!
- Q: How many legs do butterflies have?
- A: 6! Have your child count the legs and find out.
- Q: How many body parts do butterflies have?
- A: 3! Head, thorax, abdomen – let your child count and find them.
- Q: What other body parts do butterflies have?
- A: Eyes, antenna, wings. But before telling the child, let them examine the butterfly to find out for themselves.