Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: The Seeds of the Milkweed
- Written & Illustrated by The Second Grade Students of East End Elementary
- Monarch Butterfly Resources
- Monarch Butterfly Art by Kids
- DIY Backyard Butterfly House made with Window Screens
- Butterfly Gardening with Children
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: The Seeds of the Milkweed
Written & Illustrated by The Second Grade Students of East End Elementary
Why we love this book:
This our third week focusing on butterflies, butterfly gardening and specifically monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies migrate through the Texas Hill Country and the South Texas Central area where we live. Hence, we have read books on monarchs, watched documentaries on monarchs, attended lectures on monarchs and have even planted our very own monarch butterfly garden. With all of this in mind, I was very excited to find a book about monarch butterflies and the milkweed plant actually written and illustrated by second grade students. It is a delightful science book written in a similar pattern to This is the House That Jack Built.
Unfortunately, I found this book at a Scholastic Book Fair and have not found it available new online. So if you are the winner of this cute science book written for children by children, you will have snagged a hard to find collectable! This week we will specifically focus on monarch butterflies.
Monarch Butterfly Art
Oil Pastel Art – Science Project
We typically don’t use color sheets but I found an authentic outline of a monarch butterfly from Art Hub for Kids. We compared the color sheet to real pictures of monarchs. The children had the choice to draw their own butterfly or use the printed outline. All three children, ages 11, 8 and 6, wanted to use the printed color sheet.
- FREE printable Monarch Outline from Art Hub for Kids
- Monarch Butterfly Male & Female Illustrations and Descriptions
- Oil Pastels
- Black Construction Paper
- Mod Podge
Monarch Oil Pastel Art, age 8
Step 1: Color Wings Yellow & Orange
- Art Hub for Kids shared the technique of first coloring the inner wings yellow and then adding orange on top.
- This layering of colors added a glow to the wings. The kids were quite impressed with the authentic look.
Step 2: Color Border Around the Butterfly
- Yes, we skipped coloring the black on purpose!
Monarch Oil Pastel Art, age 6
Step 3: Color the Wings Black
- Color the black of the outer wings and outline the veins last to avoid smearing the black color all over the picture!
- I like doing the same projects across a wide age range. Above, our kindergarten friend went bold with the black oil pastel.
- MacGyver, age 11, took a different approach outlining each of the monarch’s dots with his black oil pastel.
Step 4: Mount Monarch Art on Black Construction Paper
- The kids cutout their monarch illustrations, including their blue borders.
Monarch Oil Pastel Art, kindergarten, age 6
- Next, they used a paint brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge onto their black construction paper creating a layer of adhesive for mounting.
Monarch Oil Pastel Art, age 8
- After mounting their butterflies, they each added a label for their male or female monarch butterflies.
- Female monarch butterflies have thick black veining.
Monarch Oil Pastel Art, age 11
- Male monarch butterflies have thinner black veining and a black dot on each of their lower wings.
- Last, the children applied a layer of Mod Podge over their oil pastel art to project it from smearing.
- The top layer of Mod Podge also deepened the color and added a nice satin shine.
Monarch Butterfly Resources
Flight of the Butterflies
Flight of the Butterflies tells two stories. The movie follows the monarchs’, mysterious migration to and from Mexico. The journey of the monarch integrates the life cycle of the butterfly. Glorious up-close filming of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly emerging with it’s amazing wings.
As a parent and a teacher, the part of the film I found most inspiring was the second part of the monarch story, the story of scientist Dr. Fred Urquhart. As a young boy, Fred spent his summers chasing the monarch butterflies but in the winter they disappeared. He began to wonder where they went every winter. The quest to solve this mystery continued throughout his life. Dr. Urquhart and his wife Norah recruited “citizen scientist” to tag monarch butterflies. In 1975, Kenneth C. Brugger and his wife Catalina Trail found the monarchs in their winter refuge on a mountaintop in Michoacán, Mexico. Dr. Urquhart’s passion and tagging solved the mystery of the monarchs’ amazing migration.
Monarch Butterfly Migration
Planting a Butterfly Garden with Kids
Planting a Butterfly Garden
DIY Backyard Butterfly House
- Step-by-step directions with photos for how to build your very own butterfly house, using window screens.
- We built this butterfly house as a family in one weekend as a birthday gift for MacGyver.
FREE printable book: The Butterfly Garden
- Free printable book featuring photos of a trip to the butterfly garden and the life cycle of the butterfly.
We’re GIVING AWAY one IKEA Art Set and brushes
To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries. Answer the following question in the comments section of this post. Did you know how to distinguish the difference between a male and female monarch butterfly? Myself, I learn something new every day! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.) The Rules: No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 5, 2015 The winner must be a resident of The United States. The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 6, 2015. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you! a Rafflecopter giveaway
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