Handprint Art & Science: Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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Big Brother was reading about insect life cycles in Science recently, and while he was working through some questions and the two littles were hanging around, I thought of an idea to share what Big Brother was working on with them! 


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The life cycle of a butterfly is fascinating and a couple years ago we had the opportunity to actually watch it happen with our Insect Lore Butterfly Kit!  Since we didn't have a kit lying around, I turned to the next best thing-- my littles hands!  Using their fingerprints, thumb print, and whole hand we re-created the Life Cycle of a Butterfly
When painting with littles, it is best to have everything ready so they aren't too curious while waiting around for the supplies! Here's what you need:
Using the scissors, cut out two green leaves for each child; visually break the white piece of construction paper into fourths and glue the one green leaf into the first section.  Using white paint, paint your child's fingerprint and have them press their finger onto the leaf-- this is the egg.

Now, paint your child's middle finger and pointer finger one or two colors and have them alternate pressing their fingers onto the paper-- this is the caterpillar.

In the third section, glue the other green leaf.  Paint your child's thumb green and have them press down just under the leaf, so that it look like their fingerprint is "hanging"-- this is the chrysalis.
In the fourth section, your child will make his butterfly.  This can be a bit messy, so be forewarned!  Paint your child's whole hand whatever color{s} he chooses and help direct him to push his hand down four times-- this is your butterfly!


Add any finishing touches, such as antennas and label the life cycle with a marker.  Each one of my kiddos completed a Handprint Life Cycle of a Butterfly-- love them all!  Top one was done by my 7 year old; middle was my 2 year old; last one pictured was made by my 4 year old!

Take a peek at a real butterfly life cycle!  And don't forget to order your Insect Lore Butterfly Garden Kit to see the real thing, too! Such a neat experience!

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