My Mom used to make this craft with her preschool class. I always loved it. In fact, I often helped her add the wings to all of her little butterflies.
You can allow your kids to help you in making the caterpillar and his cocoon. Begin by gluing your pom poms onto your clothes pin. Add the eyes and the antennae. Allow it to dry completely.
While your caterpillar is drying tell the story of the caterpillar to your littles. The caterpillar goes into their cocoon, and stay inside for 3 whole days (For more specific and accurate info, visit this article. The time span is typically 5-21 days). After three days they come out as a butterfly!!
Now wrap your caterpillar in it’s cocoon (the tissue paper). And set it in a safe place. You should do this 3 days before Easter, but if you are behind it’s no problem! It’s still fun!
Once your kids are asleep replace the cocoon with beautiful butterfly wings, by cutting them out with tissue paper and placing them between the two sides of your clothes pin, and allow it to pinch down on them.
On Easter morning when your kids wake up, they will find a butterfly instead of caterpillar.
You can tell them the story of how Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days, and that on the third day he rose again! He is resurrected and alive, just like our beautiful butterfly!
You can find the story of the resurrection of Jesus in Matthew 27:50 – 28:10 of the Bible.