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30 Brilliant Butterfly Videos for Kindergarten

Teaching a butterfly theme in the spring is a wonderful way to integrate science standards into your day with an age-appropriate topic that is accessible to young children! I’ve put together a collection of butterfly videos that are perfect for kindergarten students.

Like my other video roundups, this one is divided into categories to help you choose butterfly videos that make it easy to integrate your theme across the curriculum. You’ll find butterfly videos for teaching science, math, literacy, and art concepts, as well as some that are just for fun!

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Butterfly Videos for Kindergarten


Don’t let spring flutter away before you have a chance to wow your kiddos with these butterfly videos! 🦋 Below are 30 videos to help you engage your students and integrate your butterfly theme across your curriculum!

Butterfly Videos for Teaching Science Concepts

This first section is full of informational butterfly videos. You can use these clips as you would nonfiction books to develop anchor charts and help students build their background knowledge in preparation for informational writing.

From Homeschool Pop, this first science video is a mini-documentary with lots of information about butterflies. This six-minute video focuses on the butterfly’s life cycle and body parts but includes some other fun facts along the way.

Narrated by well-spoken children, this QuadSquad video is longer and more in-depth than the previous one. Kids who crave more and more info about any given subject will LOVE this video, which includes lots of information that isn’t as readily available from other children’s sources. This is a great accompaniment if you are planning to hatch caterpillars to observe in your classroom.

This content-rich song from Harry Kindergarten teaches about the butterfly’s life cycle along with some other basic facts.

Here’s another lesson on the butterfly life cycle. Using animation and clear photographs, this four-minute video from SciShow Kids takes students from egg to butterfly and explains what happens during each stage.

Also from SciShow Kids, this video teaches viewers how to distinguish between butterflies and moths. Once armed with this knowledge, your kiddos will be equipped to point out each time someone refers to a chrysalis as a cocoon or draws a butterfly with feathery antennae!

In this little episode of Through the Woods from PBS Kids, Rider learns about how and what butterflies eat. This animated video is just over three minutes long.

From The Dodo, this is actually a moth video (not a butterfly video). It shows neat time-lapse footage of a tiger moth’s life cycle. Students might be interested in comparing it with this video of a monarch butterfly’s life cycle.

This three-minute video from All Things Animals TV offers a quick butterfly lesson covering its features and life cycle. Near the end, there’s a little segment that shows a fascinating close-up view of the scales on a butterfly’s wings.

If you want to give your voice a little break, have Mr. Harry from Harry Kindergarten teach this six-minute butterfly lesson to your students! In this min-documentary, he tells interesting facts about caterpillars and butterflies and shares his own kindergarten class’s experience with raising painted lady butterflies.


Find more butterfly science for your class in this thematic unit! This unit includes an informational slideshow along with a bunch of teaching tools and printable activities! You can find it on TPT or here in the My Happy Place website shop.

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Butterfly Videos for Teaching Math

Here’s a collection of butterfly videos that feature math skills. Use these as skill-building time-fillers or supplements to your math lessons.

From Edubuzzkids, this simple “10 Little Butterflies” song has students sing along from one to ten and back again to a familiar tune.

“Five Little Caterpillars” from The Kiboomers is a great jumping off point for a lesson on addition and/or subtraction within five. Idea: Have students write equations on whiteboards or paper to match the scenarios within the song!

Ten Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar is a fun and whimsical story that’s perfect for talking about ways to make ten! This read-aloud video is by First Grade Party. You can find the book here on Amazon if you’d like to add it to your classroom library.

This cute video from Super Simple Play with Caitie introduces children to the concept of symmetry. I think this would be a great video to watch along with a butterfly project that integrates math and art!

This final math video from Amour’s World shares an animated clip of children catching butterflies and relating the sets of butterflies to addition and subtraction.


Need more life cycle ideas for your butterfly unit? This post has several activity ideas that you can use with any life cycle!

art project, craft, and fine motor activity to support teaching about the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, and plants in kindergarten

Butterfly Videos for Your Literacy Lessons

This next set of butterfly videos have aspects that can support your literacy instruction. Take a look!

“Flitter Flutter Butterfly” from Songs from the Sandbox is a simple fingerplay poem that kids will really enjoy. The description of the video on YouTube includes the words to the poem (as well as some neat extension ideas). If you copy this rhyme onto chart paper, you can use it to practice a variety of literacy skills during a shared reading session.

Here’s a short nonfiction read-aloud of Butterflies by Melvin and Gilda Berger (presented by Childlife Learning). This is a nice clear video that shows all of the text. If you have beginning readers, you might want to mute the video and have them attempt to read on their own before listening. I can’t find this book for sale, but here’s a similar book by the same authors on Amazon.

If your students enjoyed reading Eric Carle’s popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, this animated version by Illuminated Films would make a fun follow-up. (You can find the book here on Amazon.) Idea: Have your students watch the “Butterfly or Moth” video in the science section before reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Challenge them to notice the part where the author got a little mixed up (cocoon vs. chrysalis).

This Butterfly ABC Song from NurseryTracks is a fun way to give students a glimpse of a variety of butterfly species while paying attention to letters and their sounds. If your students are engaged by this type of learning, you might also be interested in Brian Cassie and Jerry Pallotta’s The Butterfly Alphabet Book (beautifully illustrated by Mark Astrella).

Here’s one more butterfly read-aloud. Read by Storytime with Ryan & Craig, The Very Impatient Caterpillar will really have your kids giggling. The readers do a great performance, illustrating the meaning of “impatient.” See if your kids notice! You can find the book by Ross Burach (which is excellent for teaching about speech bubbles) here on Amazon.


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Butterfly Videos with Art Ideas

No thematic unit is complete without opportunities for artistic development and creative expression! Here are some videos with art projects you can use as part of your butterfly unit.

Art for Kids Hub has a few butterfly directed drawings. I like the simplicity of this one for kindergarten!

Here’s another one from Art for Kids Hub. This project is a little more complex, but would be wonderful to display along with some butterfly life cycle informational writing. In this video, Rob shows us how to fold paper so we can draw a chrysalis and a butterfly. (He calls the chrysalis a cocoon—you might want to point out to your students that moth caterpillars build cocoons, but butterfly caterpillars transform into chrysalises.)

From One Little Project, these coffee filter butterflies look like a lot of fun! You could use this activity as an opportunity to teach about color mixing or complementary colors.

This last butterfly art video from CraftiWorks shows how to make a handprint butterfly. I think this video would be great to show students before they get to work in an open-ended art center. The craft demonstrated in the video wouldn’t need to be followed exactly, but the idea of students tracing their hands to make butterfly wings could be a fun creative spark. Another idea is to use a craft like this for students to make with older-grade buddies or adults at a family involvement event.


More Butterfly Videos: Just for Fun!

This final set of butterfly videos is perfect to pull from when you need a brain break, a cool-down time for recess, or a little reward at the end of the day!

Super Simple Songs lives up to its name with this song, “Butterfly Ladybug Bumblebee!” With just a few words set to a jaunty tune, this three-minute song is perfect to play during transitions or cleanup time throughout your butterfly unit!

Patty Shukla Kids TV – Children’s songs presents “The Butterfly Dance,” a movement and music experience. Patty guides viewers to use their bodies to act out the butterfly life cycle while she sings a peppy song. This is a great way to get kids moving and singing while sticking to your curriculum!

This short song from Pinkfong, “Flitter-Flutter Butterflies,” is soothing and sweet. It’s perfect for transitioning from recess back to learning!

To the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle,” this short video from The Kiboomers is another calming song. Children can learn the lyrics easily to sing along!

Laurie Berkner’s “I Saw a Butterfly” is a cute story song that builds on itself with each verse. Students may enjoy predicting what the butterfly will say in each verse.

Stuck inside on a rainy day? Cosmic Kids Yoga has you covered with this “Very Hungry Caterpillar” yoga session.

This last video is a five-minute episode of Kid-E-Cats in which Pudding raises a caterpillar in a jar to watch its metamorphosis.


I hope this collection of butterfly videos helps you out as you prepare your thematic unit! Thanks for reading!

If you’re looking for ready-to-use resources for your butterfly theme, take a look at this thematic unit. Complete with an informational slideshow, teaching tools, and a bunch of printable activities, this set will make your planning a breeze! Find it on TPT or here in the My Happy Place website shop.

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