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Butterfly Life Cycle Plate Craft

This springtime craft uses dried pasta to depict the stages of a butterfly’s life.

  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5

This project uses pasta pieces to create a neat way for children to learn the stages of a butterfly’s life.

What You Need: 

  • Paper plates, one per student
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • 8.5- by 11-inch green construction paper, one sheet per student
  • Glue
  • Dried white beans
  • Rotini pasta
  • Small shell pasta
  • Bowtie pasta
  • Optional: Hole punch
  • Optional: Yarn

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What You Do:

  1. Have your students use a marker to write “Life Cycle of a Butterfly” across the top of their paper plate.
  2. Next the students should draw two perpendicular lines across the plate, dividing it into four sections as shown.
  3. The students can then cut four small leaf shapes out of the green construction paper. Help them glue one leaf in each of the four sections on the paper plate.
  4. Have your students glue a few white beans on the top left leaf, one rotini pasta on the top right leaf, one small shell pasta on the bottom right leaf, and one bowtie pasta on the bottom left leaf. Set the plates aside so the glue can dry completely.
  5. Once glue is dry, help your students label each section with the stages of a butterfly: 1. Egg 2. Caterpillar 3. Chrysalis 4. Butterfly.
  6. Have your students draw arrows from one stage to the next. This will show the progression of the butterfly’s growth.

Optional: To display the crafts, punch a hole at the top of each plate and tie a piece of yarn through the hole for hanging. You can hang the plates in your classroom or send the projects home for children to share their learning.

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