One of my absolute favorite kids’ books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. For this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids‘ theme of butterflies, we are making a paper butterfly with a tongue that actually extends! Perfect for pretend play and a hands-on approach to learning how butterflies drink nectar.
Make a Paper Butterfly with a Realistic Proboscis!
Ever wondered how butterflies eat? They suck nectar or water through their proboscis (a tongue similar to a straw) which they unroll to put into a flower. It’s pretty cool to see, the video below shows some real butterflies eating!
What you need:
scrapbook paper or construction paper
What to do:
Cut a butterfly shape out of paper. Cut some circles or semi-circles as well to decorate the wings.
Glue the decorations onto the paper butterfly and tape a party horn to the center.
That’s it! I showed my kids the video of the butterflies eating, and then they went outside searching for nectar, and ‘drank’ the nectar through their party horn proboscis! And what a fun word to learn!
Check out the video below to see the entire process of how we made and played with our paper butterfly.
See more butterfly activities from the Virtual Book Club for Kids: