Life Cycles

Butterflies

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In the spring we like to learn about butterflies.  We learn about symmetry and metamorphosis.  The children enjoy watching these guys change!
We receive a shipment of caterpillars.  We spend a few days watching them eat, poop and grow!

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After a while they attach to the paper at the top of the jar.

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They form into chrysalides and we transfer them into their habitat.

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We wait!

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In the meantime, we provide a plastic toy model of the butterfly life cycle.  This is one the children can touch and order in the stages of development.

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We also have an art project.  Butterfly painting.

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We paint one side of the paper.

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Then fold over.

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If the paint has not already dried a bit… there will be a symmetrical butterfly.

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And we wait….

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and voila!  In a second, the butterfly emerges! Usually you can tell which one will hatch next as the chrysalis becomes very dark.

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We feed the butterflies sugar water for a day and make sure their wings are dried out and ready to be set free.

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We bring the habitat outside and open the top.  Usually the butterflies need a bit of help getting out.

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They fly around for a bit before leaving us for good.  This is especially thrilling for the children.

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And one three year old was so inspired, he made his own butterfly out of blocks!