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Butterfly Games

Butterfly Birthday Party Games

 

This article is dedicated to my nieces Erica and Lacy.  These games are from their last birthday party.  So if you are looking for great games to play this summer or spring tries Butterfly Birthday Party Games!

 

Start your game session with some songs about butterflies.  The children can do a simple stretching warm up and sing along.

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Song

(Sung to the tune of 10 Little Indians)

 

On Sunday, 1 little butterfly, on Sunday 1 little butterfly, on Sunday 1 little butterfly, out comes a caterpillar.

On Monday, 1 red apple, on Monday 1 red apple, on Monday 1 red apple, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

On Tuesday, 2 yellow pears, on Tuesday 2 yellow pears, on Tuesday 2 yellow pears, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

On Wednesday, 3 purple plums, on Wednesday 3 purple plums, on Wednesday 3 purple plums, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

On Thursday, 4 red strawberries, on Thursday, 4 red strawberries, on Thursday, 4 red strawberries, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

On Friday, 5 oranges, on Friday 5 oranges, on Friday 5 oranges, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

On Saturday, too much food, on Saturday, too much food, on Saturday, too much food, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

On Sunday, 1 green leaf, on Sunday, 1 green leaf, on Sunday, 1 green leaf, that’s what the caterpillar eats.

In his cocoon, he goes to sleep, in his cocoon, he goes to sleep, in his cocoon, he goes to sleep, and that’s what the caterpillar does.

Out comes a butterfly, out comes a butterfly, out comes a butterfly, isn’t that a great surprise!

 

Caterpillar (sung to Row, row your boat) 

 

The little caterpillar crawled up into a tree, 
spun his cocoon and slept so quietly, 
All through the winter he didn't make a sound, 
He dreamt of his new life when he'd be flying all around. 
While he was sleeping the snow did gently fall, 
winter came and went, then her heard the robin's call, 
"Come on Mr. Butterfly, out of your cocoon 
Spread your wings and fly for me, while I sing my tune.

One caterpillar, two caterpillars, three caterpillars today. 
Four caterpillars, five caterpillars eating all the day. 
One cocoon, two cocoons, three cocoons today. 
Four cocoons, five cocoons sleeping all the day. 
One butterfly, two butterflies, three butterflies today. 
Four butterflies, five butterflies, flying, fly away.

Caterpillar/Butterfly Play

Provide each child with a scarf. The children lay down on their scarves and then wriggle around like caterpillars trying to keep the scarf under them.

Teacher sings: (Wheels on the Bus melody)

The caterpillars are wriggling around, wriggling around, wriggling around. The caterpillars are wriggling around, all around the yard.

(Children roll into a ball and cover their heads with scarf) The caterpillars are building a cocoon, building a cocoon, building a cocoon. The caterpillars are building a cocoon all around the yard.

(Children pick up their scarf and fly with it) The butterflies are flying around, flying around. The butterflies are flying around, all around the yard.

Butterfly Toss

Materials: Plastic butterflies

Students are lined up opposite one another in teams of two partners each. The partners stand about 5-10 feet apart depending on tossing skills. One plastic butterfly is provided per team. Students toss the butterfly back and forth, trying not to drop it. After each successful catch, the students take one step back, creating a greater challenge. Each time the butterfly drops, they move one step closer. The team that successfully throws the butterfly the farthest wins. For an outdoor variation, try using water balloons instead of plastic butterflies.

 

Butterfly Run

Materials: Plastic butterflies, small strips of paper, bucket

Before the game, write the names of various exercises, such as jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups, on the strips of paper and place them inside the plastic butterflies. Students line up in single file. A bucket filled with the plastic butterflies is placed at the opposite end of the play area, such as a field or gymnasium. Each student takes a turn running across the play area to the bucket. The student grabs one butterfly and runs back to the line. The student opens the butterfly and reads out loud the exercise written on the paper inside. The whole group must then do the exercise. The team that finishes first wins.


Butterfly Balance

Materials: Spoon and plastic butterfly for each team

Students are lined up in single file. The first student is given a plastic butterfly which he or she will balance on a spoon. A cone is placed approximately10 feet away from the front of the line. The student places the butterfly on the spoon and tries to balance it while running to the cone and back. When the student returns to the line, he/she gives the spoon and butterfly to the next person in line and returns to the end of the line. The team that

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Butterfly Toss

 

Materials: Plastic butterflies and buckets


Set up five buckets two feet apart.  Depending on class size, students may form teams or compete against each other individually. Each student takes turns attempting to throw the butterflies into all the buckets while standing at the starting line several feet away.  The thrower or team that gets the most butterflies in the buckets wins!

 

 

Scrambled Butterflies

 

Materials: Two butterfly puzzles

 

Students form two teams, then take turns putting a puzzle together by running to the puzzle and putting in one piece. After a student places a piece in the puzzle, he or she taps the next person on their team, who must then put the next piece in the puzzle. The team that finishes their puzzle first wins!

 

Pin Antennae on the Butterfly

 

Materials: Markers, poster board, double-sided tape, and pipe cleaners


Draw a large butterfly on the poster board. Fold pipe cleaners in half, so you have a little loop on one end that resembles antennae. Put double-sided tape on the antennae and distribute them to the students. Blindfold and spin the students around one at a time and then have them attempt to tape the antennae onto the correct spot on the butterfly drawing.


Kid Cocoons

Materials: Toilet paper

Children can wrap each other in toilet paper (excluding their head) so they can feel what it would be like to be a caterpillar in a cocoon. Have them close their eyes and imagine that they are about to become butterflies. Have them stretch their "wings" and tear through the toilet paper cocoons.

 

References:

Education World

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/03/lp315-02.shtml

Fit 4 Fun Fitness

http://worknotes.com/IL/Chicago/Fit4FunKidsFitness/index.html

Kids Birthday Party

http://www.kids-birthday-party-guide.com/butterfly-birthday-party.html

Perpetual Preschool

http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/butterflies/butterfly_games.htm

http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/butterflies/butterfly_songs.htm

 


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