From caterpillar to butterfly

Painted Lady Butterflies

One of my favourite springtime activities to do with my children is to bring in the painted monarch butterflies.We are given the unique opportunity to watch them as they transform from tiny larvae to chrysalis to beautiful painted monarch butterflies.

It’s a chance to get up close and personal with some of our favourite bugs in a safe way.

We will be busy observing them and once the butterflies are ready to journey into the “wild unknown” we will have a picnic to celebrate their release.

Now that my kids are a little older we will be using this butterfly life cycle journal so they can journal the changes that we see along the way.

This is one example of how our personal lives influence what we do in our day-home. We are incorporating that learning into our time together.

It’s super easy actually.
We will be reading one of my favourite children’s book “The very hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl and following it up with The very hungry caterpillar painted handprints .

If you remember from last week our Tulip Handprints the little ones made for Mother’s Day didn’t go over so well (screaming babies ring a bell?)

I’m hoping that the painted caterpillars will be more favourable. fingers crossed

Anyways, I have found a few different activities that I am planning on trying with my little friends.

• C is for caterpillar
• caterpillar sponge painting
• the very hungry caterpillar sensory tub
• butterfly craft
• butterfly and caterpillar Pom Pom mats
What is your favourite bug craft? 

We just picked up our larvae yesterday so the fun has already started.

This is what the look like this morning;
Aren’t they cute?!?

As they grow I will be posting pictures “updating their development”both on twitter as well as my Facebook page so make sure to take a peak!


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