Life Cycles: Butterfly



Welcome to a new series about Life Cycles on Mustard Seed Family.  From July-September I will be sharing a variety of activities for your toddler/preschooler concerning animal and plant life cycles.  This series includes art projects, sensory play, outside activities, and field trips.

Today I’ll be sharing a butterfly life cycle made out of felt.



The butterfly life cycle has four stages.

1. Egg

2. Caterpillar

3. Chrysalis

4. Butterfly

I made each stage out of felt as pictured above.  They all fit nicely into a little leaf as pictured below.  I went very detailed with each stage, but you could keep it simple by just cutting out their basic shapes out of felt with just one color and no sewing.  Or, you can use the printout I’m including at the end of this post.

Isn’t it cute?

Below is an example of the activity you can do with your preschooler.  It’s a sequencing activity that helps them understand the order of a life cycle.



  • Notecards
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pictures of an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, leaf, and butterfly
  1. Label four notecards with numbers 1-4 on the top.
  2. Label one notecard with the word home.
  3. Draw four arrows on another notecard, and cut them into four squares.
  4. Print and cut pictures of an egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, leaf, and butterfly.
  5. Ask your child to place each picture in order, with 1 being the first stage and 4 being the last.
  6. Ask you child where the butterfly lives and direct them in placing the picture with the leaf on the notecard labeled home.


For older children, teach them which direction the arrows go in a cycle.  For younger children, spread the numbered cards horizontally from left to right or vertically from top to bottom.


click the link below for a free printable pdf.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this activity, and thanks for stopping by!

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Spring Unit

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