|The books "Waiting For Wings" and "Where Butterflies Grow"|
|The books "From Caterpillar To Butterfly" and "A Monarch Butterfly's Life"|
My pre-k kids still have problems with identifying numerals, so I used the song "Five Butterflies" by Tiana to have the children look at the number and go to drink from the "daffodil" when it was their turn, as well as showing the other students in the room the number on their butterfly. The "daffodil" was made from a yellow tablecloth bought at a Party Store. Here is the video if you'd like to see us doing the song:
Over the years, I've searched the internet for great songs about butterflies that my students could act out or move to in some way. My favorite songs are:
"Butterfly Addition" by Miss Jenny (she also sings "Butterfly Subtraction")
"The Butterfly" by Dr. Jean (a really pretty fingerplay with nice movements)
"Beautiful Butterfly" by Jack Hartmann (a mellow butterfly song that's very factual - best for K and 1)
"Caterpillar" by Sharon Macdonald (a really cute story song - you can have the children use their index finger, starting at their shoe, and have the "caterpillar" crawl up to different parts of the body)
"Caterpillar's Story" by Dr. Jean (an adorable song that the kids can act out, sung to the tune of "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around")
Finally, here is an activity where the students match lowercase letters to uppercase letters. The kids really liked this because the letters are on butterflies. Because I had to fit so many letters and pictures on the page, this is done on legal size paper (8.5" x 14").
Alphabet Butterfly Matching
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