One of my favorite 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 favorite 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 favorite children’s book “The very hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl and following it up with The very hungry caterpillar painted hand-prints .
If you remember from last week our Tulip Hand prints 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 favorable. fingers crossed
Anyways, I have found a few different activities that I am planning on trying with my little friends.
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?!?