Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 | Resources

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Suggested Age: Toddler-Grade 1

Submitted by Sri TenCate, State Librarian, Molokai Public Library

Books: Caterpillars and Butterflies

A Butterfly is Patient by Diana Hutts Aston

Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr

The Molokai Public Library holds a monthly “READ TO ME Family Night.” We start the program with the introductory song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” and sing songs related to the monthly theme. One of our regular volunteers is a musician who plays her Vietnamese bamboo instrument and accompanies the singers, which include parents, volunteers, children, and staff. At times, her husband comes with a guitar and forms a “band.” Then we share theme-related books to read aloud. The read-aloud is followed by craft activities with supplies provided. After the completion of the activities, every child chooses a new book to keep.


Activity: Colorful Tissue Paper Butterfly



  • Index-weight paper for the template
  • Butterfly template
  • Pen, pencil, or crayon
  • Tissue paper of various colors
  • White glue
  • Glue Stick or crayon



  1. Print the butterfly template on index-card weight paper.
  2. Cut tissue paper 1 ½ ” squares; others may be cut larger to accommodate the design. Cut to size according to personal preference. (See illustration above.)
  3. Crumple each square into a tight ball.
  4. Dip into white glue and place on the butterfly template. Continue the process until the template is totally covered with crumpled tissue paper.

A second method:

  1. Follow Step 1 above.
  2. Follow Step 2 above.
  3. Simply twist the tissue paper tightly around the eraser end of a pencil.
  4. Dip the end into glue and place on the template. Continue the process until the butterfly template is filled with crumpled tissue paper.