Updated On: April 22, 2020

Butterflies

Art & Design

Children
Introduce a Book: Gain visual art inspiration from one of the highest-rated books (for kids in their early childhood) about butterflies, A Butterfly is Patient. Description: This is a “gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. An incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder, from the tiny Arian Small Blue to the grand Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing.”

Children & Teenagers
Examine: Study patterns of butterflies and symmetry of butterflies.

Illustration

Children & Teenagers
Follow Instructions: Follow a step-by-step tutorial here on illustrating a butterfly.

Language & Thinking

Writing Fiction

Children & Teenagers
Write a Short Story: Write a coming of age story from the perspective of a butterfly. Study the coming of age genre first, if necessary.

Math

Algebra

Children
Calculate: Calculate the energy requirement or time requirement of different animals or modes of transportation to travel the migratory distance.

Nature Appreciation

Children & Teenagers
Research: What can, or should, you do to protect or support butterflies? How can you help butterflies?

Science

Children & Teenagers
Read: If you live in North America, consider reading a well-organized, thorough, and visual field guide called Butterflies of North America.

Children & Teenagers
Research: How do butterflies use camouflage? What factors help or hurt butterflies? Might pollution, temperature, or availability of certain plants be factors? What food webs are butterflies part of? Does this change depending on where they are in their life cycle?

Biology & Human Body

Toddlers
Read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great starting point to introduce the process of caterpillars turning into butterflies to toddlers. It is widely regarded one of the best children’s books ever written.

Social Sciences

Civics & Government Studies

Children & Teens
Discuss: Should there be political programs to protect or support butterflies?

Geography

Children
Compare: Use latitude and longitude to study the migration of butterflies. Compare the distances of migrations.

World Cultures

Children & Teens
Read: Study folktales of butterflies from various cultures (Google, DuckDuckGo).

How else might important subject matter be learned from this interest topic? Comment below! Half-baked ideas are more than welcome, too.