Life Cycles: Introduction


Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-August I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes science projects, music and movement, sequencing exercises, and outside exploration.

Today I’ll be sharing some great books on life cycles, educational tools, and how to introduce life cycles to your toddler/preschooler at home.


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 [What Will I Be?]

This book is a great way to introduce animal life cycles to toddlers/preschoolers.  Included are the butterfly, polar bear, sea turtle, frog, and bird life cycles.  Your child can lift the flaps to see what each animal turns into.

[From Seed To Plant]

This book introduces plant life cycles to preschool and young elementary aged children.  It even has a science project at the end where you watch a plant grow from a bean.

Continued Reading

[Scholastic Life Cycle Books]

These books handle more of the vocabulary related to each life cycle.

[The Magic School Bus: Plants a Seed]

We love the magic school bus!  This book is based off the episode, and it does a wonderful job explaining how plants grow.

 Educational Tools

[Butterfly Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a butterfly life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and an adult butterfly.

[Frog Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a frog life cycle: egg, tadpole, frog with tail, and an adult bullfrog.

[Ladybug Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a ladybug life cycle: egg, larvae, pupa, and an adult ladybug.

[Plant Life Cycle]

This kit includes the four stages of a bean plant life cycle: seed, germination, seedling, and a green bean plant

[Plant Life Cycle Magnets]

This kit includes magnets to model up to 6 stages in the life cycle of a bean plant and apple tree.  If you are a teacher, this is a great tool to use in your classroom!

How to Introduce Life Cycles

Books are a great place to begin.  Start by looking at your local library for books about life cycles.  If you get stuck, ask a librarian for help.  They are trained to point you in the right direction.  Librarians can also help you find other resources in your local area, such as places where your child can learn more about life cycles, animals, and plants.

My three-year-old has a basic understanding of life cycles.  She knows the difference between a baby, kid, and an adult.  When we go to the zoo in the springtime, we get to see the farm babies.  She has seen them grow and get bigger as the summer goes on.  If you have a farm that you can visit, that would also be a great opportunity to introduce life cycles of animals.

We’ve already talked about flowers in this series and planted our own in the ground and in pots.  Invite your child to plant some seeds/bulbs and watch them grow over the summer.

I’m so excited to have you with us on this journey!

Good luck and happy learning!

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