Monarch and Milkweed
by Susan Albert of The Learning
Children in a Plainsboro, NJ after school program made milkweed planting
kits to raise money for a school in a Mexican Monarch sanctuary. You
could try this engaging spring project yourself or have me come to
your school to do it for you!
Offered in two 1 1/2 hour sessions with an optional third session
Introduce activity with information about the
faced by Monarchs in Mexico and the US, show examples of what milkweed looks
like while growing and after going to seed.
Art activities: Paint small clay pots with acrylics
template with poster paints. Talk about symmetry and
suggest that children paint one wing and fold it in half to make a
Read parts of
Story to children
Assemble soil, seeds (stored inside of the body of painted butterfly
template), growing instructions and information sheet into kits to
be placed inside of finished pots.
Arrange pots for purchase and have children demonstrate their knowledge
in order to sell them. Minimum donation: $1.00
Plant a butterfly garden with native plants that are healthy for local
here for regional
information on host plants for butterflies!)
Monarchs need milkweed
Can also plant zinnias and marigolds
Small clay pots
Acrylic paints for pots
Tempera paints or watercolors for butterflies
Spray Sealing Glaze
Snack size zip lock bags
Planting instructions and information about
Internet resources used:
Prep time needed to set up, purchase supplies, photocopy/cut, clean up.
The response to this project was overwhelmingly positive when the children
were made aware of the environmental threats to Monarch butterflies and when
they learned that there was a way that they could help!
Please contact Susan
Albert at email@example.com
for questions or comments about this project.