Nature Study: Butterflies

Last spring we did a unit study on caterpillars and butterflies, learning their life cycle and having fun with crafts, fingerplays, and games. This spring was our first year with purchasing Painted Lady caterpillars and their butterfly garden. How exciting!

We had five caterpillars and both girls made a nature book, sketching their observations during the life cycle. We also made some new butterfly crafts and learned about butterfly anatomy and the differences/similarities between butterflies and moths.

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Of our five caterpillars, only 1 did not make it. That one’s chrysalis had a slit in it, and when the butterfly tried to emerge, it got stuck in the chrysalid.

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M has already requested that we do this again next spring!

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