Butterfly Life Cycle Hats

This science project and art activity in one is a memorable way to help kids learn about the four stages of the butterfly life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and (the most exciting of all!) butterfly. It’s a perfect addition to a life cycle unit, spring science activity or homeschool project.

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Getting Ready

To prep, Middle Brother (age 4.5) helped me gather our supplies:

  • Life cycle coloring sheet (below)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Stapler
  • 3 inches wide x 24 inches long strip of green construction paper (To make ours, I stapled together the ends of two 3 x 12 strips to make it just the right length.)

Butterfly Life Cycle Hats

Once we had everything ready to go, Middle Brother began coloring each stage of the butterfly’s life: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly.

Free butterfly life cycle hats for kids!

Then, I helped him carefully cut around each picture and its corresponding label.

We recently read the National Geographic easy reader “Caterpillar to Butterfly”, so Middle Brother was able to arrange the butterfly life cycle stages in order pretty quickly.

Awesome butterfly life cycle hat!

After I quickly checked his sequence, he began gluing the pictures and labels onto the green construction paper.

Then, I stapled the two ends of the hat together in a circle to make the brim of his hat.

Fun butterfly life cycle hat for kids!

He couldn’t wait another second to put it on his head!

Free butterfly life cycle hats!

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  1. Diana

    These headbands turned out so cute! We paired it with a nonfiction reader and the Dr. Suess’s Learning Library book about butterflies!

    • Kimberleigh

      Hooray Diana!

      We love to hear that and are so excited that you found the perfect book to pair with it!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and telling us how it went.





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