September Dream Box: Beautiful Butterflies!

Updated: Jul 27

Just in time for the start of school, we're live with our September Dream Box, our monthly blast of resources, activities, and inspiration for learners of all ages. Dream Boxes are free digital downloads available to Premium Members, and are perfect for homeschooling parents, childcare providers, teachers, library staff, and people who just want to learn more about important ecological topics.


This month's theme is: Beautiful Butterflies!

Let's learn all about those fluttery pollinators. With book and activity recommendations, as well as a host of other fun resources, Beautiful Butterflies! takes you through the life cycle of a butterfly to tips on how you can help support healthy environments for these important animals.


In this box.

- Butterfly Life Cycle coloring sheet

- A bunch of word searches

- A bunch of crossword puzzles

- A list of suggested books, activities, and partners

- Glossary of terms

- Blogs, links, articles and more!



Suggested books.

0-3 years old

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  2. 10 Blue Butterflies by Sam Williams

  3. Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar

  4. Explore My World: Butterflies by Marfe Ferguson Delano

  5. Caterpillar to Butterfly by Catherine D. Hughes


4-6 years old

  1. Hello, Little One by Zeena M. Pilska

  2. The Little Butterfly that Could by Ross Burach

  3. Moth & Butterfly: Ta-da! By Dev Petty

  4. Roxy the Butterfly by Frances Rodgers

  5. Butterflies by Erin Suzanne Kelly

  6. Butterflies are Pretty…Gross! By Rosemary Mosco


7-11 years old

  1. Butterflies Belong Here by Deborah Hopkinson

  2. Little Monarchs by Jonathan Case

  3. Marion’s Got the Butterflies by Callie Barkley

  4. Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Munoz Ryan

  5. Butterfly for a King by Susan L. Roth


12-18 years old

  1. Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner


55+ years old

  1. Monarca by Leopoldo Gout

  2. 100 Plants to Feed the Monarch by Eric Lee-Mader

  3. The Butterfly Effect by Edward D. Melillo

  4. The Language of Butterflies by Wendy Williams


Suggested activities.

0-3 years old

  1. Very Hungry Caterpillar craft activity

  2. Butterfly painting activity

  3. Create a butterfly board


4-6 years old

  1. Beaded pipe cleaner butterflies

  2. Coffee Filter Butterflies

  3. Cupcake Liner Butterfly Craft for Kids


7-11 years old

  1. Toilet paper roll butterflies

  2. Stained Glass Butterfly Craft

  3. Butterfly suncatchers


12-18 years old

  1. Butterfly Garland from recycled magazines


55+ years old

  1. Coffee and Coloring: Invite patrons in for some coffee (maybe get a sponsor?), a little coloring, and conversation

  2. Invite someone to teach how to crochet butterflies

  3. 3D Glitter Butterflies


Worksheets.

  1. Butterfly Life Cycle coloring sheet

  2. September Word Searches

  3. September Crossword Puzzles

  4. Glossary of terms


Suggested partners.

  1. Monarchs Across Georgia

  2. Georgia-Piedmont chapter of the North American Butterfly Association

  3. Georgia Pollinator Partnership

  4. Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm


Linky Dinks.

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