Bugs and Butterflies 2

Welcome to Blue Bird Day’s Weekly Lesson Plans. We’re working on the theme Bug and Butterflies for another week! Read below for more themed lesson plans and activities.

Table Time Activity: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing


Hungry Caterpillar Sequencing PDF Download

Skill Check

This activity focuses on sequencing and goes along with the story “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Kids will be able to identify what happens first and next in the book. Children can follow along while reading the story with caregivers.

Growing My Skills

Print out the template and cut the boxes.

While reading along to the story, ask your child what the caterpillar will eat next and ask them to hold the picture up for you.

You can also ask them how many of that food the caterpillar ate for the kids to practice counting.

Floortime Play Activity: Backyard Scavenger Hunt


Backyard or safe outside area.

Scavenger Hunt List.

Binoculars or magnifying glass.

Marker to check items off the list.

Backyard Scavenger Hunt PDF Download.

Scavenger Hunt 2 PDF Download.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to spending time together in a playful, imaginative way. There should be limited structure and a lot of pretending.

Growing My Skills

Venture outdoors with your children (within a safe environment with supervision) and explore what items they can find in the backyard, neighborhood garden, or urban surroundings.

If your child finds something not on the list (List 1 or List 2), add it!

Have the child check off what they see.

This activity is great for listening to directions, fine motor skills, increasing vocabulary, turn-taking, and visual/motor skills.

Have fun!

Relaxation Time Activity: The Very Hungry Caterpillar


The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Read Aloud Youtube Video

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to slow down and engage quiet time and listening skills during read-aloud activity.

Growing My Skills

Can your child point out the theme of the book? Or ask your child to label their favorite item or character within this video.

Creative Time Activity: Paper Plate Butterflies With Dot Markers


Paper plates.


Dot markers or regular markers.

Popsicle sticks.

Pipe cleaners.

Googly eyes.

Create Paper Plate Butterflies With Dot Markers Instructions.

Skill Check

Create this fun and cute activity with your children. Allow them to decorate the butterflies however they’d like to express their creativity! Remember to offer positive praise, however, they choose to decorate the wings! This reinforces children to try things by themselves and to show pride in the work they do!

Growing My Skills

Gather your materials.

Cut the paper plate down the middle making two pieces.

Using coloring materials, let your kids decorate the plates (wings) however they’d like.

When they’re all done, connect the rounded part of the plates together and glue one on top of the other.

Place a colorful popsicle stick in the middle of the plates.

Decorate the body however you’d like and add in some eyes and facial expression!

Glue the pipe cleaners on top of the head to make antennas.

Movement Time Activity: Be A Rollie Pollie


Ball, book, stuffed animal to hug.

Skill Check

The goal of this week focuses on using all the muscles in your body at the same time to create a ball pose while on your back.

Growing My Skills

To build up strength in this position, hug a ball to your stomach using your arms and legs.

Have your child pop bubbles with their feet or kick a balloon while lying on their back!

Challenge your eyes by reading a book in this position, balancing the book by your knees and lifting your head to read.

Toss a ball to your child while they are on their back and see if they can kick it back to you.

Reach your right leg along with the left leg still tight to your stomach, bring the right leg back in and try it on the other side.

Mealtime Activity: Ants On a Log Snack


4 celery sticks or pretzel rods.

2 Tablespoons peanut butter or Sunbutter.

1/4 cup raisins or sliced grapes.



Plates, spoon, or spatulas.


Watch “The Ants Go Marching” on Simple Learning Youtube Video.

Skill Check

The goal of this activity is to have a healthy bug-themed snack, practice counting the ants.

Growing My Skills

Have an adult cut the celery sticks in half, let the child rinse the celery.

Spread an even layer of peanut or sunbutter on the celery stick or pretzel rod.

Place raisins on the peanut/sunbutter and eat.

Feel free to add raisins in accordance with the song.

Language Time Activity: Charades

Skill Check

The goal of this week is to work on receptive language skills of following unfamiliar commands and answering “wh-” questions as well as pragmatic skills of initiating turn-taking.

Growing My Skills

Read “Glad Monster Sad Monster” and ask your child “wh-” questions about the story and pictures.

Discuss how the monsters are feeling in the book.

Play charades acting out emotions and take turns acting out versus guessing.

Play with masks while looking in the mirror.

Practice identifying feelings, making faces in the mirror and wearing masks.