Friday, May 15, 2015

Montessori-Inspired Butterfly Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now  

I miss the numbers of butterflies that were around when I was a girl. Still, I love celebrating spring and summer with a variety of butterfly activities. Today, I'm sharing Montessori-inspired ideas for preparing butterfly activities using free printables.

 Free Butterfly Printables and Montessori-Inspired Butterfly Activities 

I shared a list of Free Butterfly Printables and Montessori-Inspired Butterfly Activities in my post today at Living Montessori Now. Here, I'm sharing some Montessori-inspired butterfly activities using free printables for preschoolers through first graders. 

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools

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Safari Ltd. Butterflies TOOB Key Matching Activity

Safari Ltd Butterflies TOOB Key Matching Activity Free Printable: Safari Ltd. Butterflies TOOB Key hosted at Living Montessori Now. 

The tray for this activity is a Multicraft tray with a Montessori Services clear acrylic tray. I love the Safari Ltd. Butterflies TOOB. I used a small work rug from Montessori Services for the layout. This activity is super easy to prepare, yet it helps with a number of important skills.  

Safari Ltd Butterflies TOOB Key Matching Layout

Butterfly Matching or Memory Activity

Butterfly Matching Activity

Free Printable: Butterfly Match-Up Cards by Montessori Nature at Teachers Pay Teachers

I used a Montessori Services basket for this activity ... very simple to prepare. It's great as a simple matching activity or as a concentration-style memory game. 

Butterfly Hundred Chart Art 

Butterfly Hundred Chart Art

Free Printable: Butterfly Hundreds Chart Mystery Picture by Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures at Teachers Pay Teachers. 

I'm a real fan of hundred chart art. It's a wonderful extension to the Montessori hundred board. Here, I'm using a fun printable for children to prepare a hands-on activity. I used small glass gems in the needed colors to create the butterfly.

Decorate the Bb's Butterfly Letter Craft

Decorate the Bb's Butterfly Craft

Free Printable: Decorate the B’s from 3 Dinosaurs (Romping & Roaring B Pack, Part 1)

This activity uses a large plastic tray from Montessori Services and a Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly Crafts Punch. The butterfly punch creates a great fine-motor activity as well as a craft. 

The child can punch butterflies out of colored cardstock or construction paper and then glue the butterflies on the letter Bb's. For the "Bb" is for butterfly part, I always emphasize the phonetic sound (/b/ for butterfly) rather than the letter name.

Butterfly Inspectors - CVC Pictures Spelling Activities

Butterfly Inspectors - CVC Pictures Spelling Activity 

Free Printable: Butterfly Inspectors – A Differentiated CVC Picture I-Spy Freebie from A Differentiated Kindergarten 

I had a lot of fun with this activity. I love the I-Spy part of the miniature pictures. The movable alphabet is perfect for spelling the words for the pictures. I have a roundup post at Living Montessori Now with inexpensive and DIY movable alphabets

Butterfly Inspectors - Movable Alphabet CVC Pictures Spelling

Butterfly Garden Life Cycle Game

Butterfly Inspectors - Movable Alphabet CVC Pictures Spelling

Free Printable: Butterfly Garden Life Cycle Game from Life Over C’s

This is a fun way to reinforce the butterfly life cycle as well as the concept of butterfly migration. There are even directions for creating a large floor version of the game!

Here's the link to my favorite laminator ... inexpensive and great for almost any activity that needs to be laminated!

More Free Butterfly Printables and Montessori-Inspired Butterfly Activities

Go to my post at Living Montessori Now for links to butterfly freebies from around the blogosphere: Free Butterfly Printables and Montessori-Inspired Butterfly Activities.

You'll find lots of Montessori-inspired butterfly activities and ideas in these Living Montessori Now posts:
Montessori-Inspired Caterpillar-Butterfly Unit
Montessori at Home or School - How to Teach Grace and Courtesy eBookIf you'd like to focus on manners with children, please check out my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy! It's written for anyone who'd like to feel comfortable teaching manners to children ages 2-12.

Happy end of the school year!
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Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 39 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and toddler granddaughter live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

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