From caterpillar to ~ chemical soup! ~ to brilliant flying machine; complete with high tech antennas and in-built GPS… I just LOVE butterflies! Don’t you? They are so delicate and pretty. And all the DNA they will need for these incredible changes ~ including how-to match up microscopic scales to get their unique wing colours and patterns ~ is right there in that tiny caterpillar egg. Exquisite masterpieces of God’s incredible design.
I haven’t done a butterfly theme yet for my Compassion children, but when I do, I will certainly be checking out these great links. Especially after a friend sent me a link to some incredible photos taken under a microscope (scroll down)…
BUTTERFLY ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS + PAPER GIFTS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
DID YOU KNOW?
“…all the iridescent colours in butterfly wings… [are] in that caterpillar, before it becomes a butterfly, you already have the highly complex DNA program which ‘tells’ each one of those microscopic scales to line up in exactly the right place… to form the pattern… That sort of programming requires an amazing intelligence.” Read more…
BUTTERFLY LIFE CYCLE + INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Butterfly – Poster (Answers in Genesis) showing life cycle and their caterpillars; Biblical perspective; free printable
The Metamorphosis of a Caterpillar into a Butterfly is Evidence of God’s Creation (Answers in Genesis) showing Monarch butterfly life cycle for kids; free printable
Monarch Butterfly – beautiful photos (scroll down) showing complete life cycle and information from scientists who take the Bible seriously (creation.com); free printable
Egg Hunt – poster / puzzle spot the 5 different animals who have laid their eggs – frog, turtle, butterfly, birds, deer, bunny, squirrel and water lilies in full colour forest pond scene; add a favourite Bible verse before or after you print; free printable; very cute.
Caterpillar Hooks – poster (Answers in Genesis) creative ways that God’s creatures (including caterpillars) hang on – using bumpy toe pads, hooks, glue, ridges, clingy hairs, suckers and clamps; free printable
Butterfly – God’s rainbow in living colour butterfly wings under the microscope and credit given to God as designer.
Butterfly wings under the microscope magnified up to 5000 times. Sadly they do not give credit to God as designer, but read their own descriptions! I am not sure how you can see these intricate designs and use words like these… and NOT see God’s magnificent artwork.
Butterfly eggs under the microscope More incredible photos from the same site. How can something so tiny, be soooo beautiful?! Now I can’t wait to send these to my Compassion children
Butterfly information for kids from a Biblical perspective
Butterflies are incredibly sophisticated – they fly on designer wings. Information for older children from scientists who take the Bible seriously (creation.com)
God makes butterflies for preschool Heaps of fun ideas for younger children.
From caterpillar to butterfly An inside look at metamorphosis; with photos from a mom who did it at home with her kids
Butterfly Life Cycle Book in the shape of a butterfly (members only)
BUTTERFLY ~ COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Butterfly – John 3:16 colouring (abdaacts; scroll down) free printable
Butterfly – Psalm 127:1 – colouring (Paper Gifts for Estefany; scroll down) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it; with plenty of room to add your own doodles and let your creativity shine, it features a simple butterfly swirl and these additional words: NO scientist can build a butterfly. Unless the LORD builds the butterfly, the scientist labours in vain. There is NOTHING he can do but observe—in silent awe and wonder; free printable
Butterfly – colouring with words, ‘God has created a very beautiful world’; free printable
Butterfly – colouring with Bible verse from Hebrews 13:6 – The Lord is my helper; free printable
Cute caterpillar dreaming of being a beautiful butterfly – colouring (what a great picture of the Christian life! I’m dreaming of the day I become a ‘beautiful butterfly’. Are you?!) free printable
Bugs and butterflies – colouring page free printable
Ornate butterflies – colouring (Dover sample) with heavy lines
Butterfly – colouring (Dover sample)
Butterfly – colouring (Dover sample)
Butterfly – colouring (Dover sample)
Butterflies and ladybugs in garden – colouring (Dover sample)
Butterflies in oval frame – coloring (Dover sample)
Butterflies in square frames – colouring (Dover sample)
Monarch butterfly – colouring free printable
Butterfly colouring pages for kids (scroll down) free printable
Butterfly – coloring design your own butterfly, then colour it
Butterfly – coloring butterfly and a single flower
Paisley, hearts and flowers decorated butterfly – colouring with words ‘I love you’; free printable
40+ butterfly colouring pages free printable
Butterfly and flowers – colouring free printable
Butterfly with hearts on wings – trace and colour free printable
Cute butterfly colouring pages (Google)
Butterfly – colouring pages (Google)
Don’t forget to jazz up your coloring pages. Add a title, a border, a Bible verse, maybe even some cute butterfly clip art. Make it a butterfly party!
FUN POP QUIZ: Is this the craziest caterpillar you have ever seen?! Isn’t it fabulous! :)
BUTTERFLY ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Butterfly puzzle – Christ Takes Our Sins Gives Us His Goodness (based on 2 Corinthians 5:21 – also available in Spanish, Taglog and some other languages – click the language toggle button on the left or the ‘advanced download’ button). While you are there check out more of these great puzzles. I love all these for my kids.
Pretty bugs – free printables simply adorable, fun, Biblical and educational for younger children; great lapbook items; include a cute butterfly, caterpillar, dragonfly and snail; free printable
Butterfly shaped maze free printable
Challenging mazes in the shape of a butterfly; number 17 in each book is a different butterfly maze; free printable
Butterfly – colouring and puzzles (Activity Village) free printable
Red butterfly maze free printable
Butterfly – colouring / puzzles / learn to draw free printable
DID YOU KNOW?
“… a caterpillar spins a patch of silk onto which to attach itself… by a set of special hooks… becomes the motionless, seemingly lifeless pupa. Inside, a mind-boggling process is taking place… The caterpillar’s organs dissolve into a chemical soup, from which a radically different creature is then constructed… entire process is already ‘written’ on the DNA in the egg from which the caterpillar first hatched.” Read more… (creation.com)
BE IN AWE OF OUR CREATOR
Butterflies are engineering marvels, and more compelling evidence for a Creator. It is estimated that 18,000 butterfly species live on our planet. Incredibly lightweight, they are magnificently designed with tiny scales and beautiful patterns. Graceful. Amazing aerodynamics. And just think about all the controls inside an airplane needed to fly. All of that is packed inside a tiny fragile butterfly. Using high powered electron microscopes, scientists have discovered that butterfly wings have bio-photonic structures in them that can have no more variation than 0.00004mm. That’s point zero zero, zero zero, four millimetres. Visually stunning and presented by PhD scientists full of awe as they explore our Creator’s handiwork and what it reveals about His character, power, wisdom, majesty and care. The whole documentary is fabulous, but in this short segment, they discuss butterflies and the wonder of metamorphosis.
BUTTERFLY ~ CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
A caterpillar turns into a butterfly – fun craft for kids by Paper Gifts for Estefany featuring Bible verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17 – When anyone is joined to Christ he is a new being; the old has gone; the new has come. Just fold lengthways along the black line; draw your caterpillar on the back; and put into a pocket. And no chemical soup! Isn’t it neat?
Easy butterfly origami; just print and fold – beautiful design already printed; free printable
Monarch Butterfly – origami – (alternative link)
Kamehameha Red Butterfly (Hawaii) – origami
Two-Tailed Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly – origami
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (dark brown and blue) – origami
Diana Fritillary Butterfly (dark brown and orange) – origami
Monarch butterfly – paper airplane free printable
Butterfly Bracelets with Bible verse (scroll down) that our girls will love to share with their friends; featuring a cute and colourful butterfly and Bible verse from Psalm 150:6 – ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.’ Ready to print, (cut and laminate if you wish); free printable.
Caterpillar to butterfly ~ new life in Christ crafts for younger children
Pretty butterfly sun catchers to make black border and colourful strips of tissue paper (or adapt for any colour you like)
Butterfly bookmark to make and colour (pdf) plus a butterfly word search – 16 words; free printable
Butterfly and flowers bracelets to colour free printable
Bouncing butterfly craft flower placemat with butterflies attached above it by an accordion fold; free printable
Butterfly – headband to make and colour; free printable
Butterfly face mask free printable
Butterfly – face mask (scroll down) and other butterfly crafts to make and colour for kids; free printable
Pretty watercolour butterflies and some craft ideas of what to do with them. These print really nicely; free printable
3D paper butterflies to make free printable
Butterfly mask for girls adapt for paper; template available for members only or use the idea to make your own
Butterfly craft ideas from Enchanted Learning; free printable
Butterfly craft Ideas from DLTK for younger children; free printable
BUTTERFLY ~ LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Butterfly – learn to draw a very happy blue cartoon butterfly
Butterfly – learn to draw a happy cartoon butterfly with mauve wings and yellow spots
Butterfly – learn to draw from a photo, by outlining the geometric shapes first (smart thinking!)
Butterfly – learn to draw (DuckDuckGo)
BUTTERFLY ~ PHOTO FRAME ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Butterfly – photo frame sweet frame in pink, mauve and green; free printable
Colorful butterfly frame free printable
Tiny butterflies frame on a white background (free version is fine)
Butterfly – free printable photo frame / award certificate bright pink frame with black butterflies; adapt to make the photo frame; and send your child the matching award certificate!
Spring Photo Overlay a simple, free printable overlay to place over your child’s photo and give it a fun Springtime feel. It adds a dotted border; a few swirls; a couple of bugs and the words ‘Spring’. Basically you just open up your photo in a photo editing program and then insert this transparent overlay over the top, so you can clearly see the photo underneath. It’s easy to do, but if you are not sure how to do this, simply use this tutorial as a guide.
DID YOU KNOW? Butterfly wings are waterproof! They are inspiring designs for waterproof clothing and aircraft engines. The more closely scientists copy God’s exquisite designs (like butterfly wings), the better our engineering designs become. Read more… (from icr.org – scientists who take the Bible seriously)
BUTTERFLY ~ PAPER GIFTS / STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Butterfly – stationery with Bible verse stationery, mini envelopes + mini notes, note cards, notepaper, envelope and matching envelope liners by Paper Gifts for Estefany; free printable
Free Butterfly Bible Poster featuring Bible verse from 1 John 3:1-2 and designed by Paper Gifts for Estefany exclusively for you. Print your free printable Bible verse poster (or verse card) on photo paper and laminate for best results – A4 photo paper for a poster; or on 4×6 photo paper for a Bible verse card; as a bonus it comes with a free sample letter for your sponsored child; free printable
Butterfly – Bible poster 2 Corinthians 5:18 – And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Butterfly – Bible poster 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Butterfly – Bible poster Psalms 34:8 – O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Butterfly – Bible poster Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Butterfly – Bible poster 1 John 2:5 – But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him; this Scripture Picture is provided courtesy of Amazing Facts; free printable
Tiny butterflies – border stationery colourful butterflies all the way around page on a white background; free printable (free version is fine)
Green butterflies – blank, lined or writing paper stationery pretty green butterflies against a blue border; free version is fine
Green caterpillar – stationery / page border (sparklebox) free printable
Caterpillar – stationery with big eyes; free printable
Butterfly life cycle – stationery / page border (sparklebox) free printable
Colourful butterfly – stationery / page border (sparklebox) free printable
Butterfly, bugs and bird – nature stationery free version is fine
Make your own butterfly stationery and add a Bible verse with this easy how-to tutorial
cutecolors.com has very cute butterfly clip art to add to your stationery that our younger children will adore – click on free cliparts. This cute little bee is an example of Grace’s lovely work.
MORE CREATIVE IDEAS ~ MAKE YOUR OWN
Found a great butterfly photo that you just know your Compassion child will love? Or maybe you are looking for ideas to bless your child’s mom? Why not include a favourite Bible verse and make your own:
The beauty of pollination fabulous close up photography of butterflies; be in awe of God’s magnificent creation. Or watch this video of a caterpillar turning into a Monarch butterfly; capture the wonder of it and write about it to your sponsored child. It may be something they have never seen. Make sure you give credit to God as designer and include some close-up photos under the microscope of butterfly wings and eggs. A great companion to my free butterfly article for kids.
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