Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
Read the Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. Discuss how different the caterpillar is from the butterfly. The butterfly never goes back to being a caterpillar. “The old has gone, the new has come.” Trusting in Jesus is much the same. We become new people when we invite Jesus into our lives.
Raise your own butterfly through a kit. Observe the transformations the caterpillar makes. What kind of changes do we need to make as followers of Christ?
Make a butterfly craft with coffee filters, markers, and a spray bottle. Have your children decorate the filter, spray with water, and bunch the filter in the middle with a clothespin. You may also want to attach pipe cleaners for antennae.
Whip up a caterpillar snack with any type of round food you have available. Bananas can be sliced and arranged lengthwise with peanut butter. Also use cucumbers and cream cheese, crackers with hummus or cheese, or anything else that is circular!
Have your children pretend that they are caterpillars emerging as butterflies. They can pretend to eat, climb through a tunnel or box, sleep in their cocoon, and fly around with pretend wings.