Animal Life Cycles

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Animal Life Cycles
Science - Zoology
Butterfly life cycle.JPG
Level Primary
Materials models of the steps in an animal’s life cycle
circle with an arrow to show progression

This activity demonstrates the stages in an animal's life cycle.


  1. Take the work to a mat or table.
  2. Place the circle with the arrow at the center of the work space.
  3. Put the pictures or objects in order around the circle from earliest stage of development to the latest stage of development.

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • could also be done with pictures of the stages in an animal's life cycle
  • many different animals could be used
  • can also be done to learn about aging - in humans and in animals.


Make Your Own

I have seen once this amazing insect life cycle done entirely out of different-shaped noodles. Link needed!

Where to Buy

Painted Lady Butterfly
Amazon $5.59

Monarch Butterfly
Amazon $9.71

Luna Moth
Amazon $9.40

Honey Bee
Amazon $7.90

Amazon $6.19

Lady Bug
Amazon $5.99

Praying Mantis
Amazon $6.15

Amazon $13.99

Amazon $12.57

Amazon $5.99

Amazon $8.80
Amazon $6.29

Sea Turtle
Amazon $7.71

Amazon $9.15