What You Need:
- Paper Plate
- Dry Pasta: Spirals, orzo, small shells, and bowtie
What You Do:
- Start off with a plain white paper plate.
- In the center of the paper plate, write the title “The Life Cycle of a Butterfly” in marker.
- Draw a leaf with crayon or marker at the top center of the plate, under the ridged section. The leaf should be large enough to hold several pieces of orzo.
- Label the leaf “eggs” and glue 4-5 pieces of orzo to the leaf.
- At the 3:00 position of the plate draw another green leaf, labeling this one “larva." Place and glue a piece of spiral pasta on top of the leaf representing the larva, or caterpillar, phase.
- At the bottom center of the plate draw a brown branch, and label it pupa/chrysalis. Position a small piece of shell pasta so that it appears to be “hanging” from the branch. This piece represents the chrysalis.
- At the 9:00 position draw a couple of leaves and some flowers. Place and glue a piece of bowtie pasta on or slightly above the flowers. Label this “adult butterfly."
- In between each section draw a red arrow pointing to the next stage in a clockwise direction.
Share your creation with a friend and then go on a nature walk and see if you can find any of the stages of this amazing life cycle!