Free teaching resource

Life Cycle of a Butterfly Concertina Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 1 page | Years: 2

A cute activity where students re-create the life cycle of a butterfly.

Use this hands-on activity when teaching young students about life cycles and in particular the life cycle of a butterfly.

How to use this resource:

  • Cut out the butterfly wings along the dotted lines and decorate.
  • Cut out the four images showing the different stages of the butterfly life cycle and the concertina piece.
  • Glue the four images in order from left to right in the four sections of the concertina piece.
  • Fold the concertina like a fan.
  • Glue each wing to both sides of the concertina piece.
  • When the wings are closed they will join to form a butterfly.
  • When the butterfly wings are pulled apart, the life cycle will be revealed!


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  • Bec Scarratt

    After endless rain this will brighten my classroom! Thank you!

    • Paul (Teach Starter)

      We're so glad to hear that, Bec! We hope you and yours haven't been too adversely impacted by the rain. Stay safe!