How to Make a Butterfly Garden for Kids

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Are you working with children who are interested in butterflies? Help them learn as much as they can by creating a beautiful and meaningful butterfly garden in your home or schoolyard.

The Purpose of the Butterfly Garden

Learning about butterflies can be such an important way for children to develop an appreciation of the cycle of life, the significance of biodiversity, and the sheer beauty of living things. Butterflies offer a wonderful opportunity for interdisciplinary learning, since children who know a lot about butterflies will understand more about science, geography, and even literature and the arts.

One way to make a meaningful and memorable butterfly study is to help children build their own butterfly garden. A butterfly garden is a habitat that butterflies can enjoy. Whether you are creating a butterfly garden in your own yard, on a balcony, in the schoolyard, or even a small window box, if you go about it appropriately, you will attract plenty of butterflies for children to enjoy and observe.

Of course, the best way to make sure kids are engaged in their butterfly garden is to involve them in the process of its creation. This lesson offers instructions you can use for making a butterfly garden for and also with kids.

Making the Butterfly Garden


First, make sure you gather everything you will need for the garden. You will want some plants and flowers. The best flowers are those that produce nectar and have bright colors. Flowers that grow in clusters also tend to be most attractive to butterflies. You will want to think about your local environment and when flowers are most likely to bloom; it is nice to have flowers that are open in as many seasons as possible! Talk to someone at a local greenhouse or nursery about the best selections for your location.

Other materials you will need include rocks, slices of ripe fruit, a shallow pan or container, sugar or honey, and water.


After you have gathered all of the materials, you can get started building your garden!

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