Leap Into Learning: Life Cycle Headband Crafts

Leap Into Learning: Life Cycle Headband Crafts

Hi friends! We are continuing our Pond Life series over on the blog and in my classroom. Today I wanted to share our frog life cycle headband and butterfly life cycle headband crafts. 
life cycle preschool headbands

If you missed our other Pond Life activity posts you can catch up here:

Learning Through Sensory Play: Toddler Style

Taste Safe Pond Sensory Bin

Pre-K Pond Center Ideas

Introducing the Frog Life Cycle to Preschoolers 

As a part of my Pond Week Lesson Plans, we spend day 4 learning all about how little tadpoles grow up to be frogs. 

We start off by reading a book about tadpoles, and playing in our tadpole sensory bin. Then, we look at real world images of the eggs then tadpoles and frogs as they go through the life cycle. 

frog life cycle preschool activity

In the Pond Week plans, there are two different size cards you can choose from that each have a real-life photo and description of the step in the frog life cycle. There is also a printable one-page diagram to display and for students to reference when they make their headbands. 

Frog Life Cycle Headbands Set Up

To prepare your materials, you will need:

  • Kid scissors
  • Frog life cycle crown and life cycle pieces (available in both color and BW)
  • Glue Sticks
  • Stapler (for adult use) 

Frog Life Cycle Headbands

frog life cycle craft preschool

Little learners will use their fine motor skills to cut and paste the different phases of the frog life cycle to the crown. My little ones loved sharing their learning with their parents at pick-up! 

frog life cycle headband preschool craft

Butterfly Life Cycle Headband

Another fun headband we have made in my class is the butterfly life cycle headband from my Bug Week Lesson Plans. 

butterfly life cycle craft

Just like the Frog life cycle headband, you start by introducing the life cycle of a butterfly with the diagram and real-life picture cards. All of these are included in the Bug Week Plans

butterfly life cycle craft

Then gather the same materials; printouts, glue sticks, and scissors. Once little ones have glued the stages in order on their headband you can use the extender pieces to staple to their head size. 

butterfly life cycle headband
And if you are looking for a fun way to practice those cutting skills first, try cutting pasta! I shared more about this fun activity over on TikTok.
@preschoolpackets Replying to @colleenchambers8 Let’s cut some pasta! 💕 #homedaycare #scissorskills #finemotoractivity ♬ River - Miley Cyrus

If you make any of the headbands, make sure and share them with us in our Facebook Group or on Instagram, I love seeing how you use my creations in your classroom! 

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