From caterpillar to butterfly


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.

• C is for caterpillar
• caterpillar sponge painting
• the very hungry caterpillar sensory tub
• butterfly craft
• butterfly and caterpillar Pom Pom mats
What is your favorite 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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  1. says

    This is such a great activity for the little ones! It would be so neat to know what amazing things they must be thinking when they observe this process 😉

  2. Maria Constanza Oller Martin says

    Bugs freak me out, even if they turn in gorgeous butterflies, but I did it for my son as well he loves to observe and learn. i’m so happy we are over the butterflies and worms part now we watch birds.

  3. says

    Great activity! I know your little ones will love this. When my daughter was young, we planted a butterfly garden so that she could understand the cycle of a butterfly.

  4. says

    Cute post….I was explaining this topic to Davey this weekend when he found a caterpillar. Great activity I think I will give this a try with Davey.

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