This is my daughter, Samira’s lapbook all about butterflies. We were planning to save this for the Spring but she was so keen to get started that she got it finished in time to share with you all just as Spring time begins, masha’Allah.
We were also planning to do a project on raising butterflies alongside this lapbook, but as of yet, we’ve not spotted any butterflies or caterpillars. Alhamdulillah, the weather is becoming milder and we are finally seeing some much needed sunshine, so insha’Allah we’ll be able to get out into the garden to have a look for some creepy crawlies soon.
When the lapbook opens out, inside are various mini-books and templates.
First up is a lovely little mini book all about the different flowers that butterflies like.
This is a little flap in which Samira wrote up a little bit of information on the life span of butterflies.
Next is a T-book all about how butterflies defend themselves from predators.
We were all really amazed at how this wonderful little creature camouflages and disguises itself … the Dead Leaf Butterfly is truly one of Allah’s wonders.
Next we looked at the anatomy of the butterfly, and although the diagram below doesn’t show great detail we learned from a book that like all insects, butterflies bodies are divided into 3 parts: the head, the thorax and the abdomen.
As a reminder of our Honey Bee Project, we also learned that butterflies are important as pollinators too.
Samira wrote about how when a butterfly lands on a flower to sip the nectar, the pollen sticks to her legs and body and is carried on to other flowers.
Then Samira completed this mini-flap book all about the predators of the butterfly.
When the flap is opened it reveals 3 smaller flaps showing the different animal groups that are predators of the butterfly. Under those flaps Samira drew some pictures of the different predators.
Then she made this cute little flap book all about caterpillars.
On the front of each flap is a question about the caterpillar and Samira wrote the answers under the flaps.
Next we did a venn diagram looking at the differences and similarities between the moth and the butterfly.
We also learned what Butterflies and Caterpillars like to eat.
When learning about what caterpillars like to eat, Samira read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle to the little ones, and we watched a great time-lapse video on the Swallowtail Butterfly which showed the caterpillars eating their eggshells after hatching, then eating their way through leaves, and as they grew, they molted and literally crawled out of their old skins, and then they would eat that too!!
After learning about the body parts of the butterfly, Samira was able to complete these wing-shaped maths flaps.
The maths problem is written on the front of the flap and then Samira wrote her answer inside.
Then we did a little lesson on symmetry, we learned about the AMAZING detail of the butterfly’s wings and how Allah has created them having perfect symmetry.
We read and discussed the following excerpt:
If you look at the wings of the butterflies in the photograph you will see perfect symmetry. These wings decorated with figures, spots and colours are masterpieces of art and the marvels of creation of Allah.
While examining these wings you will easily notice that the figures and the colours on both sides are identical, no matter how complex its design. Even the smallest spot appears identically on both sides. Hence, there occurs a perfect design and symmetry.
At the same time, a colour on this very delicate and fine wing never gets mixed with another colour and the existing colours are distinguished from the others with a distinct border. These colours are formed by series of spots arranged one on another. How can these spots, that would be scattered with a touch of a finger tip, be arranged, without any loss, to form the exactly identical design on both wings? Even an extra single spot would cause the symmetry to be corrupted. But you can not find any kind of disorder on any one of the butterfly wings on earth. Each of them has aesthetic and well-arranged appearance that looks as if it was the masterpiece of a talented artist. This is because the butterflies, like all other living beings, are created by the Superior Creator, Allah.
“He is Allah , the Creator, the Inventor of all things, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” (Surah Al-Hashr: 24)
I cut out a butterfly template and Samira painted one side of the template, then carefully, while the paint was still wet, she folded it over so that the pattern printed (almost) the same on the otherside. Then after it was dried, I added in the ayah from Surah al Hashr as a reminder of this remarkable piece of Creation, masha’Allah!
Then Samira put together this simple little book which explains the Life Cycle of the butterfly. We got this from Enchanted Learning.
Then I made some cards showing well known British butterflies. The lapbook templates do include cards for well known North America and Rainforest butterflies, but I thought it would be nice to learn about the butterflies we are likely to see. I visited this British Butterflies website where I was able to find out which species of butterflies we are likely to spot in our region at this time of the year (March) and I decided to make a few cards on these species.
At the end of this project, Samira chose a poem to use to do some copy work. It’s called The Caterpillar by Christina Rosetti:
Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry;
Take your walk
To the shady leaf or stalk.
May no toad spy you,
May the little birds pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.
She copied up the poem and illustrated the rhyming couplets.
Finally on the back of the lapbook, she put together a diagram of the Butterfly Lifecycle, masha’Allah.
We had great fun learning about this wonderful and amazing insect, and I’m sure you will too. Have fun this Spring and try making your own lapbook about the butterfly. For more Spring time ideas, why not check out our Honey Bee Lapbook or our fun art and craft Cress Caterpillar.
Check back soon for news of our Raising Butterflies project, insha’Allah.