With the weather getting warmer outside, we’ve started seeing more and more butterflies as they visit our backyard.
Of course, this naturally led to several questions from the preschooler as to where the butterflies came from and why they all showed up at the same time.
Now, we’ve read enough books about butterflies, especially our favorite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so she obviously knows that caterpillars turn into the butterflies that we see in our yard, but her understanding of it pretty much ended there.
So, this seemed like the perfect time to start talking about the life cycle of a butterfly and these printable butterfly life cycle lacing cards were born.
Work on science and fine motor skills at the same time with these butterfly life cycle lacing cards for preschoolers!
Not only do these printable lacing cards allow you to work a little bit of a science lesson into your day, but they’re also perfect for working on your preschooler’s fine motor skills as well!
Pair them with our printable butterfly counting book and you’ll be adding in some math as well!
Just print them out, cut them out, and laminate them for durability as attempting to lace them as either paper or even card stock alone leads to tearing fairly easily.
You could use anything from yarn or string to ribbon or shoelaces with these life cycle lacing cards.
Once your cards are cut out and laminated, simply use a hole punch to cut out the various circles and hand them over to your preschooler along with a string of some sort.
Personally, I love this low force hole punch from Amazon because it cuts through this laminated card stock with ease and makes punching tons of little holes a breeze!
When your holes are cut, it’s time to start lacing!
With this set, your preschooler will lace their way through caterpillar eggs on a leaf, the caterpillar, a chrysalis, and finally, the butterfly.
They’ll strengthen their small motor muscles while holding a visual representation of each step in the butterfly life cycle and when they’re done, they’ll know exactly how those wiggly little caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies!