Follow a Butterfly Life-Cycle Mobile

Follow a Butterfly Life-Cycle Mobile craft

Butterflies dazzle us with their exquisite wing colors and delicate movements. Use Crayola Scissors to create a decorative butterfly mobile!

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    Enjoy the amazing butterfly illustrations in resources such as "The Butterfly Alphabet Book" by Brian Cassie and Jerry Pallotta. Can you pick a favorite? What about the Queen Alexandra Birdwing Butterfly with its huge wings, or the camouflaged Indian Leaf Butterfly?

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    All butterflies begin as eggs. Eggs hatch into caterpillars, which surround themselves with a cocoon or pupa and finally emerge as a gorgeous butterfly.

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    Create your own unique butterfly mobile to show the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle—or make one with lots of different wing patterns. To make a life-cycle mobile, draw a very large butterfly with a Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil on construction paper. Cut out the butterfly.

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    Cut a smaller, oval pupa shape from patterned wrapping paper. Cut an even smaller caterpillar from contrasting paper. Use a tiny round bead or button as the egg.

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    Cut out a large circle in the middle of the butterfly, an oval in the middle of the pupa, and a small circle in the caterpillar. Use a short thread and a drop of Crayola School Glue to suspend the bead inside the caterpillar, the caterpillar inside the pupa, and the pupa inside the butterfly.

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    Decorate your mobile with Crayola Markers and the colored pencils. Hang your butterfly mobile in a spot where you, your family, and friends can enjoy it all year long. Could this mobile be your next science project?