Gotta Go! Gotta Go! ~ A Monarch Butterfly Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

 Gotta Go Gotta Go Ivy Kids Kit Review - A Fun Way to Explore the Monarch Butterfly

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

We continue to be in love with Ivy Kids Kits. These are by far the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent  “Gotta Go! Gotta Go! for this review.  Here’s ALL that was included in this kit:

  • The book Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • My Little Caterpillar: Use the brightly colored pom-poms, clothespins, and pipe cleaners to make cute little caterpillars. 
  • Butterfly Magnets: Transform your caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Create colorful butterfly wings by dripping water onto a colored filter. Clip the wings to the caterpillar and add a magnet to make a butterfly magnet.
  • Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel: Create a life cycle wheel with the 4 stages of the butterfly’s life.
  • Clay Model of the Butterfly Life Cycle: Use the clay to make models of each of the 4 stages of the life cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult.
  • Butterfly Handprint or Footprint: Create a beautiful keepsake and decoration for your home with a butterfly made from your child’s handprints or footprints on a canvas board. 
  • My Monarch Butterfly: Learn interesting facts about monarch butterflies and examine a model to learn more about these beautiful insects. Use the model to help you draw all the parts of a monarch butterfly.
  • Mexi-Go! Board Game: Get your butterfly to Mexico for hibernation and then back home again to lay eggs as fast as you can.
  • Butterfly Symmetry: Use the pom-poms to make butterflies with symmetrical wings.
  • Hanging Butterfly: Use markers, pom-poms, and/or paint to decorate a 3-dimensional butterfly.  
  • My Butterfly Garden: Plant easy-to-grow wildflowers in your decorated planter. When the wildflowers bloom, they will attract beautiful butterflies.  
  • Save the Monarch Butterflies – Plant Milkweed: This month, Ivy Kids has made a donation to the Save Our Monarchs foundation to help preserve this beautiful butterfly. Save Our Monarchs has provided milkweed seeds for planting. Planting milkweed seeds outdoors can help increase the monarch butterfly population.
  • Caterpillar Patterns: Use the colored pom-poms to continue the pattern on the caterpillar’s body. 
  • Rhyming Wings – Matching Game:  Players take turns flipping over two butterfly wing cards. A pair is a match if the words on the two wings rhyme.

Activities From Our Box…

I showed her the book first and she immediately curled up to read it herself. We barely got the box open and she was snuggled up in the beanbag reading. Below she was reading it aloud to me.

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We began by planting wildflower seeds, which she completely LOVED!

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Our seeds grew quickly!  We don’t have flowers yet but they sprouted already and are growing!

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Mexi-Go was a fun and simple game included in the kit. She learned all about how the Monarch Butterfly migrates to Mexico and this fun game was a reinforcement of that!

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She loved creating the Life Cycle Wheel as we learned more about this through the awesome sheet that comes with the kit. You can see it on the table by her.

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I love her little clay model of the butterfly life cycle!

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She loves ANYthing artistic so drawing and labeling her on Monarch Butterfly was a big hit. She used the guide that came with the kit as well as the realistic butterfly {see it sitting on the table beside her}.

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Her completed butterfly!

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One of the best things about these kits is the organization. The clear instructions allowed me to leave activities for my mom to do with her while she was babysitting one day! 

The Butterfly Foot Print Craft looks like it was loads of fun and I love the finished product but am secretly glad my mom handled the mess of this one!!

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They also did the Butterfly Magnet craft together and it turned out beautifully and hangs on my fridge now!

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Her enthusiasm for these activities is through the roof, she loves her “box time” and begs me to do something from the box all the time! You can see ALL of the activities included in the box here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, and our Penguin & Pinecone Kit!

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!

Butterfly Coloring Pages

Butterfly Coloring Pages for Adults or Kids

We have a brand new set of Butterfly Coloring printables. These are great for adults who like to color as well as children. 

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different Butterfly pages in this free printable coloring set! Pick the ones you like and enjoy some coloring time {with or without your kids}!

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Download the Butterfly coloring printables and more here!

Butterfly Coloring

Look for this graphic and click to download!


See more Butterfly Fun here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Bugs ~ Butterfly Theme on Pinterest.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables ~ Updated

Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

I am so excited to share  brand new updated The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables with you! I left the original file untouched and just made an add on set that includes a few new activities and uses all real photographs! We love this book by Eric Carle and know many others do too.  It is a great spring time unit, an a great science lesson for young kids!

These free printables can be used with Tots, preschoolers, and Kindergartners.  Use in a variety of hands on way for a fun learning unit.


I added several new printables to the set…

  • 3 Part Cards
  • 1-10 Puzzle
  • Read & Write the Room Cards
  • Graphing
  • Tracing
  • Matching Activities

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables

You can download the updated FREE The Very Hungry Caterpillar Printables here on my website!

Grab the add-on STRAWBERRY page here!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar edited 2016

More BUG FUN on my Pinterest board here!


Bugs Sensory Bin

Bug Sensory Bin

In honor of our upcoming BUG theme, I made the them a Bugs Sensory BinIMG_7261

The kids won’t see it until we do our BUG unit, this is one of the other sensory bins I prepared a few weeks ago!IMG_7268

I used green rice to symbolize grass and added some shiny rocks along with my assortment of bugs. Target had some cute bug supplies awhile back and I stocked up then. These magnifying glasses came from Target as well as the butterfly tin.IMG_7263

  • TARGET: mini books, bug hats, butterfly tin bucket, colored bugs, glow bugs, magnifiers, big gross yellow bug, wind up bugs
  • MICHAELS: wooden bugs {from their bead sets}, shiny rocks
  • Insects Tube
  • Learning Resources Bugs

Here’s a few more Bug Sensory Bins I found online…

Be sure to visit my BUG Pinboard on Pinterest for more buggy ideas!

If you haven’t read the Montessori Minute post about sensory play, be sure to read that to see why these bins are so wonderful for kids!

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Tot School ~ Butterflies

~Krash is currently 47 months old~

~Ladybug is currently 11.5 months old~

I am posting early this week because we are leaving for a CRUISE this weekend!!! My parents are taking us, AND the boys are staying next door to us in their room {we will have Ladybug alone with us}!!!! This vacation is coming at a perfect time, we are so VERY thankful!!! The Tot School post for next week will go up late, and will show our Tot School at SEA!!!!!

Learning Toys

Krash had fun painting outside this week. It began on paper and ended up on a box…


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He used our number puzzles to work on 1-10…IMG_4573

Gotta love $1 Target puzzles! After he put it together I asked him to point to different parts, both listed and not listed on the puzzle. I realized by doing this that he did not remember shoulders, elbows and chin! We gotta get to work!IMG_4625 copy 2

We played with our nesting blocks, which will be featured later this month on Totally Tots for my Play with Me post. He loved throwing the bean bag in to different boxes!IMG_4960 copy We continue to do our shape of the day and he still loves this!IMG_4599

Pac Man showed him how to make a tiny diamond with his fingers, I love the intensity as he tries to copy his big brother!



K’s star boxes for the week {counting bears with a color die and boxes, stacking cups, lacing beads}. I didn’t get any action shots, but he played with these SO much! I even caught him sorting on his own! He came and got me one day and asked me to help him stack the cups in the correct order, so adorable.IMG_4535


We enjoyed a week celebrating NEW LIFE by focusing on butterflies! We read loads of great butterfly books…IMG_4531 copy

Krash painted his New Creation Bible verseIMG_4526 copy

He read “How Many Butterflies” {from the Very Hungry Caterpillar Tot Pack}IMG_4561 copy He watched me while I made neat things on the butterfly play doh mat. {this is in the Easter printables}IMG_4576 copy

He cut out his own 2 Corinthians 5:17 mini book! This is a first and he insisted on cutting it all by himself {so different than Pac Man who always begged me to do all of his cutting for him when he was younger}IMG_4610 copy

He was very into the watercolor paints this week, which is totally new for us! For so long he hated them! He asked if he could paint his mini book, and boy did he ever paint it!

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Techy TotWe were given a neat new set of apps to review ~ Tickle Tap Apps, and Krash is really enjoying them. I will have a full review in May along with a giveaway, but here’s a sneak peek at one of his favorites in the set, the counting game.IMG_4550

Tiny Tot SchoolLadybug worked on her very first puzzle this week! She loves exploring the pieces right now, we’ll work on putting them where they go down the road. 😉IMG_4591 copy 2

IN and OUT is a very big passion of Ladybug’s right now. This past week she learned to put her little friends in her van. She did this over and over again and was very intense about it as you can see.

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She explored our nesting blocks for the first time. She loved that she could put things in and take them out again! Like I said, big passion of hers now.IMG_5056 copy

Life School

We all need a little movie/blankee break, right? IMG_4639 copy

Little bug enjoys a good movie every now and then too…IMG_4650 copy

The HOT weather hit here this past week, breaking 90 one day! Finally time for outside water play, we had two really happy boys! Daddy was spraying them from our 2nd story deck!IMG_4719crop IMG_4737 copycrop IMG_4749 copycrop

Moms Favorite

Last week it was K showing Ladybug how to play his Leapster, this week it was P showing Krash how to play his Didj. If only it were always like this…{I can dream right?}


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