Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Toddler Tuesdays: Butterflies

Hello, welcome, and thank you for bearing with us. Toddler Tuesdays are a bit sporadic lately and I'm sorry. Hopefully this will be the last week of upheaval in our home. We are switching to a new OT for Panda and things should calm down once we have therapy times in place. 
This week we are working with butterflies. I wanted to do this for Mother's Day, but.. you know.. Upheaval.. Our sensory bin has fresh cut grass, the four stages of a butterfly's life, flowers, rocks, a butterfly sipping pool, a net, magnifying glass, and tweezers. This bin went over real well. 
These are the books I've chosen for this week. I know we've done 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' before, but he really likes this book.
 As Panda enters his 'squashing bug' phase of toddlerdom I thought this would be a good poem for us this week. It is in the 'Treasury of Poetry'.
I made a caterpillar out of a clothes pin and then printed out several pictures from 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' book. Panda had a lot of fun "feeding" the caterpillar by tossing it through the holes in the fruit while making loud lip smacking noises. It was adorable and an exercise in imaginative play and fine motor skills..
I put a paper butterfly in a baggy with paint, and then taped it to the table for Panda to squish. He did not like touching the squishy bag one bit. Oh well, we will try again today. It's a new sensation. When the butterfly dried I slipped the clothes pin caterpillar on the wings and Panda was in love. He played with both the caterpillar and the butterfly for a long time. The painted butterflies for the rest of the week will be saved for cards.
 I cut butterflies out of felt for this activity. Then we matched like color butterflies with like colored blocks. It was a simple activity for color matching. Not all activities need to be spectacular. 
This is an idea I got off of Pinterest. I didn't have the energy to make cute beaded felt butterfly wings so instead I opted for printing out pictures of real butterflies.
This last activity was the favorite one of the day. I bought a tube of butterflies at the craft store and cleaned out an old spice jar. The butterflies only fit in sideways, so Panda had to concentrate to get them in right. He LOVED this activity so much that he emptied out the jar and stuffed them back in 5 times!
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like this weeks activities. I've wanted to do Butterflies for a while now. Hopefully things will be quieting down soon. Till then, thank you for your understanding. Shine on!


  1. I love this week!!! The grass clippings are probably my favorite part... it would smell good, and there's nothing to store at the end of the week!

    1. he has been sniffing the grass clippings. it's a slow way to get the trimming done, but one sensory bin's worth of grass a day is about all the trimming I'm up for right now ;)

  2. So happy to see you back my friend. Looks like Panda is having fun with everything you have going on for him. xo

    1. Thank you, I've missed you and your blog Kim. Fingers crossed that things will settle around here at last.

  3. What a beautiful week of activities. Your sensory bin is beautiful! Little Man has just now started to enjoy the "squish" factor in things. I think it came with Spring and lots of mud play. He used to shy away from everything from play dough to paint. Not anymore. :-) But I'm jealous of your son's color matching skills. Mine has yet to even show any interest in it. Ah well, to each their strengths! So glad the new OT was a hit. Have a wonderful week!