Painted Wings Butterfly Activity for Little Kids

Here’s a fun Painted Wings Butterfly Activity that teaches preschoolers about symmetry! Of course it’s a great sensory experience too and would be perfect for your next insect or butterfly theme! 

Today we had a blast with this really awesome Painted Wings Butterfly Activity for Little Kids! So quick & easy and the little guy of course loved every minute of it! 

We’re getting so close to the end of our Bees & Butterflies theme. And you know what that means, right?

collage of colorful stones with text: Painted Butterfly Activity for PreschoolersI opened the door to let Zeus out this morning when we got up and guess what was waiting for us? Our Bubbles, Boats & Floats preschool curriculum kit… It’s Box Day, y’all!  

child arranging colorful stones to make butterfly shape
Of course before we got started with today’s activities, we had to take a quick sneak peak! And let’s just say next month is going to be a blast! 

The largest butterflies come from the Swallowtail family. They have stripes and tails to help hide in tall grasses and in trees. 

colorful stones arranged to look like caterpillar and butterfly
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

child making designs using colorful stones
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

child's butterfly designs using colorful stones
Painted Wings Butterfly Activity for Preschoolers

Set Up

  • Gather a variety of different sized and shaped stones. Try to find ones that are more flat.
  • Paint the stones different colors.
  • Encourage children to arrange the colorful stones to create a butterfly or caterpillar. 

Big Questions

  • Can you create a symmetrical butterfly? 
  • What would a family of butterflies look like? 
  • What colors and patterns are on butterfly wings? 

colorful stones arranged to look like caterpillar and butterfly
The little guy and I kinda cheated. Instead of painting rocks, we grabbed our Rainbow Pebbles* to use for this activity.  The bright, rainbow colors are so pretty and we enjoyed using them to create butterflies and caterpillars. 

colorful stones arranged to look like caterpillar
We talked about symmetry and made butterflies with symmetrical wings. And we made a few caterpillars too. 

child arranging colorful stones to make butterfly designs on table
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Bees & Butterflies theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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2 Comments

  1. I love these rocks… and added them to my Amazon cart. I won’t tell how many other things are in there though…. yikes!

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