Why are butterflies so colorful?
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Why are butterflies so colorful?
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Why do some butterflies have bright colors and patterns that stand out?

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NOTE: This is our Spring activity from 2018. It’s possible your students did this last year, but we think it would be fun to do it again! You can also choose from our other Spring mini-lessons and activities.
In this mini-lesson, students discover how butterflies’ colors can help them blend into their habitat or scare away predators. In the activity, Paper Butterflies, students design their own paper butterflies by choosing colors that will help the butterflies survive, then create a butterfly card for someone special.

Preview activity

Number of students:
3-5 Butterfly Card worksheet 1 per student
Butterfly Template worksheet 1 per student
K-2 Butterfly Card worksheet 1 per student
Crayons
Markers or colored pencils will also work.
Details
3 per student
Rulers
1 per student
Scissors
1 per student
Prep Instructions

In this activity, each student makes and colors a paper butterfly and the flowers that this butterfly visits. By doing this, they’ll make a beautiful card that they can give to any special person in their life. You may want to use this as a Mother’s Day activity, but students write their own messages, so these cards can be for anyone special.

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