The boys and I are doing butterfly stuff all this week in school. It's nothing super fancy or academically amazing -- just fun stuff. I've found my boys enjoy crafts more when they're really simple, unlike my girls, who were into more advanced projects at this age. The easier it is for the boys, the more fun they seem to have. I went through my craft books and found a few easy projects. Then I dug through our bookshelves and found some simple picture books about butterflies. Like I said -- nothing elaborate -- but just enough to keep it fun and interesting.
The other day we read The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundgaard. It's illustrated by Eric Carle, whose work my kids have always enjoyed. It's a story about a lamb who meets a butterfly and is curious about the differences in lifestyles. The lamb lives close to her mother, but the butterfly lives alone and all over the place. It's a cute book. My girls got it from a book club back in the 1990s when they went to private school.
Yesterday we made stained-glass butterflies with construction paper, wax paper, and melted crayons. They turned out really cute and looked cool when we hung them on the glass door and the sun shone through. Here is a picture of them below. I don't remember what we're going to do today for a craft project, but I know it's a butterfly. We'll be reading a book about how caterpillars turn into butterflies today, so that will be fun. It's nothing the boys don't know already, but since it's near the end of the school year, we're trying to keep things simple. We were in Glacier NP last weekend when a tiger swallowtail landed right on Nathan's shoulder. I had my camera, but I wasn't fast enough. Tis the season for butterflies -- flutter, flutter!