Butterfly Songs

Butterfly Songs


Butterfly Songs

Simple Butterfly Songs and fingerplays for preschoolers through second grade.


I made up this song to go with our butterfly unit. I had the kids make a caterpillar out of green pom poms glued to a tongue compressor stick, its chrysalis was a small paper lunch sack, twisted at the top to represent the silk attached to a tree. After placing the caterpillar into its chrysalis and stapling it to a tree, we sang this song:

A Caterpillar’s Nap

Little caterpillar sitting all alone, we need to find you a nice warm home. Spin your silk and hold on tight, it’s time to tell the day, “Goodnight!” The days are many, the days are long, hold on caterpillar you must be strong. Oh (pause) Wait a minute! (pause) What do I see, a beautiful butterfly looking at me!


(sung to “Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap”)

Oh, I wish I were a little butterfly.

Butterfly.

Oh, I wish I were a little butterfly.

Butterfly.

I would go zoom, zoom, zoom.

All around the room.

Oh, I wish I were a little butterfly.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Song

(sung to the tune of 10 Little Indians)

On Sunday, 1 little egg, on Sunday 1 little egg, on Sunday 1 little egg, 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, that’s what the caterpillar does.

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


This is a song my nursery class love to do when we have read the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle,
There’s a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar on a leaf, wiggle, wiggle. (children do wiggling action for this verse)

There’s a big fat caterpillar on a leaf, munch, munch, etc (munching action)
There’s a pretty butterfly on a leaf, flutter, flutter, etc (fluttering action)


This song can be used with the Eric Carle book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” The Little Caterpillar Sung to (Itsy, Bitsy Spider)

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 she 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.


Another song about caterpillars is Caterpillar (sung to Row, row your boat)

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, flying away.


There was a caterpillar. It wiggled up a tree.
It wiggled long, it wiggled short, it wiggled right at me!
I put him in a little box, don’t go away I said.
But when I opened up the box, he was a butterfly!
I could never make one, even if I tried.
Cause only God in Heaven can make a butterfly!


A fuzzy caterpillar wiggled down a tree.
He wiggled long, he wiggled short, he wiggled right at me.
I put him in a box. “Don’t go away,” I said.
But when I looked again I saw a butterfly instead.
Now I could never make one, even if I tried.
Cause only God in Heaven, can make a butterfly.


This is a second verse to the fuzzy caterpillar song:

Wiggly little tadpole Swimming in a lake.
He wiggles here, he wiggles there, He wiggles like a snake!
Put him in a jar, “Don’t go away,” I said.
But, when I opened up the jar – a hopping frog instead!
I could never make one, Even if I try.
Hopping frogs are made by God, just like the butterfly!

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