Butterfly Snack Shack

Butterfly Snack Shack lesson plan

Explore the life cycle of butterflies with a fluttery mobile. How can you attract these beautiful, fragile creatures to your garden?

  • 1.

    Did you know that there are about 28,000 species of butterflies? Learn more about these beautiful and unique creatures. Find out how to attract them to a backyard habitat. Research what a butterfly house looks like and why it is built that way. Here’s one way to make a decorative butterfly house to show what you learned.

  • 2.

    Build a butterfly house. Sketch a butterfly house on construction paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. If you make a mistake or change your mind, they erase easily! Color both sides of your butterfly house with Crayola Slick Stix. e intense colors are so smooth! Cut out the thin, narrow butterfly openings in the house with Crayola Scissors. Punch a hole in the top and tie ribbon to hang your mobile.

  • 3.

    Create butterflies. On wax paper, outline several butterflies. Color them with Slick Stix. Cut them out. Wrap each wing around a colored pencil to curl. Attach butterflies to their snack shack with a Crayola Glue Stick.


  • Students learn about butterflies (species Lepidoptera, meaning they have wings covered with scales).
  • Students study the life cycle of the butterfly and learn facts about butterflies such as what they eat, where they rest, and how long they live.
  • Students gather information about how to attract butterflies to their yards and gardens.
  • Students create a replica of a butterfly house.


  • Research the wing patterns on butterflies, and then draw and color them.
  • Find out how butterflies and moths are similar and different. Create a chart to compare and contrast these two Lepidoptera.
  • Research what butterflies live in your area. Find out about butterfly farming.
  • Students with special needs may need assistance to cut out or curl the butterfly wings.