Last year my mother bought a butterfly kit for my son from Insect Lore. Unfortunately, the live caterpillars did not survive. We recently purchased a new batch – perfect for a spring/summer project. The entire experience was a huge hit! We checked out books from the library, watched short videos about the life cycle of a butterfly, and took advantage of opportunities to play, create, and explore. Once the butterflies emerged, we talked about symmetry…..which led to this fun activity. I don’t have a lot of pictures because it was pretty spontaneous – as the activity tray was already conveniently full of sand and held the mirrors as well.
Using the activity tray with mirrors, I showed him how to draw half of a butterfly in order to create reflected symmetry. Then he tried…..
|My son’s butterfly….quite impressive considering he rarely to never draws….ever!|
|“Mommy, I need to draw the caterpillar in the chrysalis, too.”|
|He drew a sun, too!|
The fun continued and has been revisited since (sorry, no pics)….drawing shapes, clouds, rockets, and a flying ladybug.
**Colored sand can be purchased on amazon or in the craft section of Michaels craft store.**
- AK (MESE, MECD)