Tots! Activity: Recycled Butterflies

Tots! Activity: Recycled Butterflies

As Cheekwood’s Tots program is temporarily suspended, we are sharing today’s activity for parents and tots to activate at home. Use our files to create your own recycled butterfly, then share your work with us by tagging @cheekwood on Instagram and using #cheekwoodtots!

Here’s what you’ll need:

•  Old magazines

• Scissors

• String or twine

• Printed template *See template below

• Pencil

Butterfly Template


Try pairing the activity with one of these books:

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston

Little Butterfly by Laura Logan

The Earth Gives More by Sue Flies

The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes


Here are a few tips on how you can make your backyard butterfly friendly:

• Make sure that there are areas in your garden that get plenty of sunlight throughout the day. Try putting stones down in those sunny spots for butterflies to rest on. Butterflies are cold-blooded insects that like to warm their bodies by basking in the sun.

• Create a butterfly puddle. Place a shallow dish in your garden, fill with sand and top with a little bit of soil. Push your thumb gently into the center and add water as needed. This puddle will act as a source of nourishment for many butterflies passing by.

• Grow butterfly and caterpillar loving plants such as native honeysuckle, milkweed, lantana, purple coneflower and phlox. Make sure to grow only native varieties of these plants!


Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. Take a pledge to protect our planet, and download our Earth Day coloring sheet:

Earth Day Pledge


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