How to Build a Butterfly Garden With Your Kids

Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Creating a butterfly garden is an excellent way to introduce children to the wonders of nature and the importance of ecosystems. Here’s how you can get started on this colorful project.

Plan Your Space

First, choose a suitable spot in your backyard that receives plenty of sunlight since butterflies and most butterfly-attracting plants thrive in full sun. The area doesn’t need to be large—even a few square feet can be sufficient.

Research Butterfly-Attracting Plants

Involve your kids in researching which plants are native to your area and attractive to butterflies. Look for plants that serve as food for caterpillars and those that provide nectar for adult butterflies. Common butterfly-friendly plants include milkweed, butterfly bush, and marigolds. 

Plant and Decorate

Plant the flowers and shrubs according to their space requirements and care needs. Kids can help with digging, planting, and watering, which are all excellent practical learning activities. Encourage your children to decorate the garden, as well!

Maintain and Observe

Once your garden is in place, the project continues with watering, weeding, and observing which butterflies visit. Set up a journal for your kids to record the types of butterflies and caterpillars they see, along with any other wildlife the garden attracts.