Butterfly Life Cycle Sensory Bin

A Butterfly Life Cycle Sensory Bin is a fun and interactive learning activity for young children to explore the different stages of this beautiful creature.

This sensory bin consists of a container filled with materials that represent the four stages of a butterfly’s life: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly.

Be sure to check out our other fun sensory activities for kids!

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A Butterfly Life Cycle Sensory Bin is a fun and interactive learning activity for young children to explore the different stages of a butterfly's life cycle.

Butterfly Life Cycle Sensory Bin

By using a butterfly life cycle sensory bin, children can gain a better understanding of the natural world around them and develop an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of nature.

Children can use their senses to touch, see and feel the different materials as they play and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Playing with the sensory bin also provides a hands-on learning experience that helps children develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and sensory perception.

This activity can also foster a love of learning and curiosity that will benefit children as they continue to grow and explore the world.

Butterfly books for children also will help them understand just what a butterfly has to go through to become a beautiful insect.

black and blue butterfly in a garden

Plant a Garden for Butterflies

While you’re learning about how a butterflies, why not plant a mini garden to attract and support butterflies?

Butterflies are attracted to plants that produce nectar, the primary food source for adult butterflies.

Some common nectar plants that attract butterflies include lavender, milkweed, zinnias, black-eyed Susan and coneflowers.

Also, certain plants are host plants for butterfly larvae (caterpillars).

These host plants provide a food source for caterpillars and are essential for the butterfly life cycle, including milkweed, parsley and fennel.

By providing a mix of nectar plants and host plants, you can create a butterfly-friendly habitat that supports these beautiful and important pollinators!

ingredients for sensory bin


Directions for Butterfly Life Cycle Sensory Bin:

Add the rice and pasta contents to the sensory bin: rice, rotini pasta, shells pasta, and bow tie pasta. 

sensory bin in process
add butterflies, sticks etc. for butterfly life cycle sensory bin
close up of butterfly sensory play bin

Place the other items on top: butterfly toys, caterpillar toy, faux leaves and small sticks.

sensory play with butterfly cycle bin

Invite your child to engage and interact with the sensory bin! 

hands on learning with butterfly life cycle sensory bin

Create the metamorphosis that a butterfly goes through using the contents of the sensory bin. 

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