Last updated on February 20th, 2024 at 04:49 pm

butterfly printable activity for kids

Use these butterfly templates to assist in learning all about these fascinating insects. Color, cut and create your very own butterfly with this free printable. Make lots of easy and fun butterfly crafts with the butterfly templates!

Our free butterfly printable include both black & white and color versions. It’s great if you want to do some coloring or just have fun making your own butterfly!

Ways you can use the printable butterflies template:

Use these butterfly templates at school as a nature activity.

Whether it be in the classroom or at home, this butterfly template activity is a fun and easy craft that will spark an interest in butterflies and science, in general.

The free butterfly template is a great activity for kids to do alone or in a group at home, or in preschool, daycare or elementary school classrooms.

Or, feel free to print and use as a church hand-out for the children in your congregation.

Throw a Butterfly Party

Is someone’s birthday coming up? Use our butterfly template as a butterfly party craft.  It’s simple, easy and the guests will love to make their own butterfly! Also, check out our party banners for some free decor!

The butterfly printables are great for kids big or small. Check out our Butterfly Activities Bundle for more butterfly activities.

Promote science with our butterfly activities

Use our butterfly templates as a fun activity to assist in learning all about the butterfly.

There is simply nothing cooler than the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. Get your children interested in learning about insects in general by introducing them to the butterfly life cycle.

Another way to learn about butterflies is to get a caterpillar to butterfly kit. Includes 5 baby caterpillars. Watch them grow and go through the 4 stages of the butterfly life cycle.

Butterfly Kit with Live Caterpillars

Build Creative Thinking and Fine Motor Skills

Arts and crafts are wonderful for early learners! It teaches children how to open up and see the world in colors and have the option to choose what colors to use and how to put their craft together.

With our butterfly templates you can make your very own unique butterfly by using your favorites colors and decorations (throw in some sequins or glitter!).

Also, we can’t forget practicing with scissors! We all probably learned how to use scissors by cutting out some sort of arts and crafts or worksheet in school. Practice those fine motor skills by cutting out parts of the butterfly!

Celebrate Butterfly Day with our butterfly cut and paste activity

Did you know that March 14th is National Learn About Butterflies Day? Celebrate the day and all the varieties of butterflies and their importance in our lives by learning about the butterfly lifecycle. Start by printing out our butterfly templates and then check out our Butterfly Activities Bundle to learn more about this fascinating insect!

How to use the butterfly templates

Color your butterfly!

If your children are using the black & white (blank) version of the printable, that means it’s coloring time! The black & white version of the butterfly template can be used as a butterfly coloring page.

Grab your crayons and markers! Use your favorite colors to color the butterfly printable. This is what’s awesome about our butterfly templates — your children can get really creative with their color choices and show off their individuality. Did you know there are over 17,000 different species of butterflies in the world? Learn more about butterflies with Butterflies for Kids book that answers all of your kids butterfly questions.

Cut out the butterfly printable.

It’s time to practice with scissors! Cut out your colored butterfly template. Sometimes I find it easier to cut the parts in rectangular pieces and then cut each piece more precisely. I find it much easier to handle paper in smaller chunks.

These scissors are great for little kid’s hands. A perfect fit and has a rounded point for safety.

Glue or paste the butterfly pieces together.

Now that your butterfly template is colored and cut out. Grab that glue or paste and start putting the pieces together. Sometimes I like to paste the build activities on construction paper. It gives it even more a pop of color and it makes it easier to hang.

Now, use as some spring, summer or even every day decor! Or give the finished butterfly craft as a gift to show someone you care!

Fun Facts About Butterflies

  • A butterfly can have a wingspan of up to 12 inches.
  • Butterflies can see color! They can see in red, green and yellow.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet!
  • Butterflies can not fly if they are cold.
  • There are over 17,000 butterfly species!

Do you want to learn more about butterflies?

Learn about the caterpillar’s amazing metamorphosis with our Butterfly Life Cycle activities.

butterfly printable activities for kids

The caterpillar goes through 4 stages of growth to get to the adult butterfly stage. Learn all about the butterfly in our kid friendly butterfly activities

Activities included:

Get outside this spring and summer and try to spot those beautiful butterflies!

Whats included in the free printable butterfly templates?

Below is what is included in your butterfly printable download (see the bottom of the page for actual download instructions):

1. Butterfly Outlines (Black & White Butterfly Template)

The black & white butterfly template includes the butterfly activity in a simple butterfly outline. The butterfly shapes are easy to color and cut. This version is a great one if looking for a butterfly coloring page.

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2. Colored Butterfly Template

This butterfly template is already colored in! Maybe you want the full crisp colorful version of the butterfly. No coloring needed! Just cut and create.

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3. Butterfly Coloring Page

Included in this butterfly pdf is a butterfly coloring sheet! If you’re looking for spring coloring pages, this butterfly template printable is for you. A fun coloring activity for kids of all ages!

butterfly template for coloring

4. Butterfly Decoration

This page of the butterfly printable includes a butterfly put together and colored! Use this for butterfly decor! Cut these butterflies out and hang them on the bulletin board or punch a hole through the top or wing and use as spring ornaments.

This colorful butterfly can be used for many easy crafts!

butterfly printable template

Go ahead and laminate

I recommend laminating all of our Build activities. Laminating gives this craft a bit more permanence. Kids can put the craft together over and over again without worrying about having to cut and color each time. I don’t use anything fancy, just a simple and easy laminator. This is the laminator I use and recommend, you literally just turn it on, it heats up, and you’re ready to start laminating anything everything!

I’m also a big fan of the self-sealing laminating pouches! They are super easy! You literally just place your printable in a letter size pouch, run it through the laminator and you have a sealed and long-lasting item!

Also, if you do choose to laminate, stick little self-adhesive velcro dots on the laminated pieces so your kids can attach and reattach easily. This eliminates the use of any messy glue!

Need some craft supplies?

Amazon has always been my go-to for most of my office and craft supplies. If you print a lot of printables and spend  time coloring, gluing and adding some extra jazz to them, our list of supplies can help!

I’ve split the list up into a basic list and a fancier list if you’re going to put a little more pizazz into your printables.

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Must-Have Butterfly Activities for Kids

Don’t forget to check out these must-have outdoor activities. They are great nature activities and my kids had a blast with them (especially the butterfly kit!). They are a fun way to continue nature butterfly education first-hand.

New Mrs. Merry Printables:

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Grab the caterpillar template to pair with the butterfly template!

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Download your printable butterflies templates

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