A GOD WHO DESIGNS HUMMINGBIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES MUST BE A GOOD GOD!
I had to do it! It was those photos a friend sent me of the gorgeous butterflies taken under a high powered microscope and magnified up to 5000 times which sparked it. After seeing their incredible mini design features ~ I mean, structural grids and tiny crossbars on a butterfly wing?! ~ I just had to tell my Compassion children about it. To inspire them to want to know this magnificent Creator God who loves them so deeply. The One who put so much care into a fragile butterfly to make it beautiful also has a beautiful plan ~ and the power to carry it out ~ for their life too.
My free printable articles for kids are all about putting God at the centre of each package. There are now two versions available of this free printable butterfly article for kids. Whichever you prefer.
- One with photos: ready for you to download, print and send.
- Add your own photos: or you can download the blank version and give it your own personal touch and make it your own! Click here to find out how to add your own photos with this easy tutorial. In that extra tiny box at the bottom right, instead of a wing close up I added this cute little clip art of a duck looking through a microscope for my kids. You may prefer the duck with the electron microscope instead. I only found that one later, but may still use it in the letter.
BUTTERFLY ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)
ADD YOUR OWN PHOTOS
PRINT AND LAMINATE ~ TIPS
Laminate the articles for best results and to keep it looking nice. You may also like to consider printing this particular article on photo paper to bring out all the brilliant butterfly colours. When I printed mine, the iridescent colours didn’t look anywhere near as good on plain paper, although laminating did help a little.
SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I send an extra copy of my articles for my sponsored child’s teacher ~ with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them.
This article is also available in French. For other children who are NOT ENGLISH speaking, I still send the article to them, but make sure to INCLUDE ALL TEXT IN THE LETTER so that it gets translated. If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text which is included below.
MORE BUTTERFLY FREEBIES
And now, with so many great FREE butterfly colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, freebies and more creative ideas to choose from, comes the next hardest part… what should I send with it?! I’ve definitely decided on these pretty watercolour butterflies and butterfly gift box for my girls. The boys are a bit harder. I’m still thinking about them. I found some challenging mazes in the shape of a butterfly to start with. I’ll put them both on the one page and recolour them to make them look more interesting. Maybe I’ll add some more scientific / microscope photos. I found a great butterfly Scripture picture puzzle: Christ Takes Our Sins Gives Us His Goodness – based on 2 Corinthians 5:21 – also available in Spanish and Tagalog). I’ve also made a zany caterpillar bookmark with sunglasses :) and a Monarch butterfly verse card. Both have 2 Corinthians 5:17 on it, ‘When anyone is joined to Christ he is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come’. You will find the butterfly free printables here and they are also available in French. And that’s just the start… check my original post for links to butterfly photos taken under the microscope; and FREE butterfly colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, freebies and more creative ideas of what to send with it.
ARTICLE TEXT ~ Superb Butterflies ~ Delicate and fragile, butterflies are superb masterpieces of God’s exquisite design!
Butterfly Art Gallery ~ this is where you add your own pics – I hope you find it easier to choose than I did! I crammed so many in that tiny space that my kids will need a microscope to see them! :)
I just LOVE butterflies! Don’t you? They are so delicate and pretty. Brilliant little flying machines, they come complete with high technology antennas and in-built GPS. That tells them exactly where they are, anywhere on earth. But they do not start out life as butterflies, did you know that? They start out as a tiny egg. Some of these photos were taken under a high powered microscope and magnified up to 5000 times! If you look closely, you may be able to spot a tiny caterpillar growing inside one of those eggs. Or see inside a butterfly wing. How cool is that!
When the baby caterpillar (or larva) hatches, it eats and eats. And then eats some more. Munch, munch, munch! Yum! It grows so fast, it has to change its coat (shed its skin) several times! Then one day, the caterpillar stops eating. It spins a patch of silk onto a twig and hangs upside down from it, by a set of special hooks. It puts on a protective sleeping bag (chrysalis or pupa) and then does not move. It may even look dead! But inside, an incredible miracle is taking place. The caterpillar dissolves into chemical soup and a brand new butterfly is built! This is called ‘metamorphosis’.
When it emerges, they have beautiful wings. All the tiny microscopic scales are lined up exactly right, to give them their pretty colours and patterns. They already know how to fly. Caterpillars don’t fly. And some butterflies travel thousands of miles. How do they know how to do that? Everything they need is written on the DNA in that tiny caterpillar egg, before they even hatch! Many people have been persuaded to think God’s superb designs happened all by themselves over millions of years. But this is clearly impossible! It requires astonishing intelligence to design living things. No human could sit down and make a butterfly or a caterpillar, no matter how clever they are. Butterflies are exquisite masterpieces of God’s design! He is the Master Artist!
Butterflies also remind us that death is not the end of life. It is just the beginning. For all those who love Jesus, one day He will give us brand new, beautiful bodies too.
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