I like to make butterflies with children who may be lacking in confidence, who have low self-esteem, or children who are selectively mute. Butterflies are a wonderful metaphor for these children because they represent transformation. The stages of metamorphosis also provide metaphors that children relate to. Children with anxiety seem to relate to how safe and secure the caterpillar must feel in the chrysalis. They can easily project their feelings onto the butterfly by talking about what it will be like for the butterfly to leave the chrysalis and enter the world. These are wonderful talking points you can address while creating a butterfly with the child.

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