Butterflies and Bookworms for 3-5 year olds

Have you ever heard of a Bookworm? Bibi here, the BookSpring Butterfly. People call people “book worms” because they really really like books! But did you know there is also a real thing called a book worm? It’s an insect that eats the pages of a book! I love people who are bookworms, but real book worms, not so much. Let’s take special care of our books, and they’re last a long, long time. And we can also read books right now, online, together!

Watch videos, download books to read together, and explore things to do with BookSpring.


Books to Read Together 

Here are some books to read together! You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again. Discussion questions are available for each book. 

Nina Plays with the Butterflies

  • Where does Nina see the butterflies?
  • Do you like butterflies?

All About Butterflies!!

  • What are the four stages of the butterfly life cycle?
  • How many stages of the butterfly have you seen?

Life Cycle of a Butterfly

  • What color is the butterfly?
  • How many stages are there in the life cycle of a butterfly?


  • How many butterflies are in the story?
  • Would you like to fly like a butterfly?

Wiggle Jiggle

  • What does the caterpillar turn into at the end of the story?


Necesito un Violín

  • ¿Por qué está triste la libélula?
  • ¿Que hace la mariposa para ayudar a la libélula?

La oruga busca zapatos

  • ¿A cuáles animales les pregunta por ayuda?
  • ¿Por que ya no necesita zapatos?

La oruga bailadora

  • ¿Cómo crecen las plantas?
  • ¿Que le gusta hacer a la oruga?
  • ¿Como bailas tu?

Things to Do Together

Talk: What does a caterpillar look like? What does a butterfly look like? Are they similar or different in any way?
Write/Draw: Draw a picture of your very own butterfly! Does it have big wings or small ones? Is it all one color or many different colors?

Create: Make an Egg Carton Caterpillar! Step 1: Cut a cardboard egg carton down the middle for the “body” and decorate with paint or markers. Optional: add stickers or “jewels” on each segment of the body Step 2: Add a face to the end section and “antennas” if you have pipe cleaner/toothpicks/other material you want to use for antennas. (Haga clic aquí por más instrucciones en español)

Explore: Did you know that there are around 100 different species of butterflies in most places in America? Mexico is home to over 2000 different types of butterflies! Get outside and see if you can find any little critters like caterpillars, worms, or butterflies. Hint: butterflies like warm, sunny places with low plants.

Watch “If I were a butterfly” from our Austin PBS to learn about the life cycle of a monarch butterfly.

Share Together

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did.

  • I learned that I could tell the wind is blowing using my senses.
  • Did you learn any new words?

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Butterflies and Bookworms for 3-5 year olds
Weekly Theme Butterflies and Book worms Ages 3-5
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