Teach your class this finger play:

A caterpillar crawled to the top of a tree.    (Extend left arm. Wiggle right index finger up your arm.)
"I think I'll take a nap," said he.   (Pretend right index finger is talking.)
So under a leaf he began to creep. (Wrap left hand around right index finger.)
He spun a chrysalis and he fell asleep.  
For six long months he slept in his chrysalis bed,  
Until spring finally came along and said,  
"Wake up, wake up, you sleepy head."    (Shake left fist.)
Out of the leaf he did cry,    (Hook thumbs together. Extend fingers
"Look, I've become a butterfly!" and wiggle like wings.)

Make this butterfly puppet to engage children's attention.

Glue pom poms for eyes and a nose on the outside of an old sock for a caterpillar.
Glue a felt butterfly on the inside toe of the sock.
Begin the poem with your hand inside the sock so the caterpillar is seen.
When the caterpillar spins a chrysalis, pull the cuff back over the head.
To reveal the butterfly, turn the sock inside out.


Let the children make "footerflies."

Have children take off their shoes, stand on a piece of paper, cross their legs, and trace around their feet.
They can cut out their feet, then decorate them with markers, paint, or collage materials.
(On a warm day, it's fun to let children step in paint with their bare feet to make butterfly footprints.)


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