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Butterfly Lacing Card

With such interesting appearances and movements, bugs can be an endless source of fascination to children. This activity is a great introduction to bugs where the kiddos will want to ask lots of questions, all while developing their fine motor skills. Using lots of concentration, they will get lots of experience regulating their behavior.

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The perfect way to introduce bugs!

This is a very simple activity to help increase your child’s dexterity and spark their interest in bugs with one of the most interesting ones to look at — butterflies! Very easy to set up, all you have to do is cut out the shape of a butterfly and punch the holes around the edges. Your kiddo will then practice threading a string around the butterfly, capturing their attention and setting the stage to learn all about these magnificent creatures!

📚Books to explore: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle , and Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner 

🦋 Meeting a new friend. Insects can be scary to a young child, so use this activity to develop an appreciation of these misunderstood creatures.

☀️ Go exploring! Extend this activity by going outside and seeing how many butterflies and caterpillars you can find around your house.


For this activity you will need:

  • Scissors

  • Cardboard

  • Crayons or markers

  • Hole punch

  • Long string or shoelace

Learning Outcomes




Fine Motor


Adapting holding from palmar or pincer grasp


Step 1:

Using scissors, cut a large butterfly shape out of a piece of cardboard from a package or cereal box.

Step 2:

Using a hole punch, make holes all around the outside of the butterfly 1 inch apart.

Step 3:

Have the kiddo use crayons or markers to color the butterfly. You can also read a story or show them a picture to help inspire their design.

Step 4:

Using your string, tie a knot around one of the holes so it stays in place.

Step 5:

Encourage the child to thread the string all the way around the butterfly.

⬆️ For older kiddos: Have the child cut and create the butterfly on their own, encourage them to create unique patterns, or time how fast they can thread the string.

⬇️ For younger kiddos: Take a more active role by using hand-over-hand to help them through the parts that they find challenging.

Playful Questions

  • Where do butterflies come from? 

  • What do butterflies eat? 

  • Where can we find a butterfly?

  • How big do you think a butterfly is?

  • What does a butterfly start as?

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