To kick off summer this year, I surprised my kids with caterpillars they could watch grow and then form into a chrysalis. It was like Christmas when they arrived. The kit came with five tiny caterpillars.
They were so tiny and they didn’t move much at first and we thought some of them were dead. After watching them for a while, we were relieved that they were all alive.
Pull out the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and read it, if you order your own butterfly garden kit.
It accurately describes the life cycle. Caterpillars are super hungry bugs! I couldn’t believe how much of the food they ate and how fast they grew! The food that came with the kit seemed like way too much, but they ate a lot of it! A week later we had some good sized caterpillars. They then attached themselves to the lid of their food container and formed a chrysalis.
A week later, butterflies started emerging into our butterfly net. It was amazing! Check out this link for detailed instructions and info on caterpillars.
We let them flutter around for about a week before letting them go. Also, make sure the temperature isn’t below 55 degrees Fahrenheit before letting the butterflies go.
Some other great books to read to help your kids learn about caterpillars and butterflies are:
1001 Bugs to Spot (There also is a sticker book version of this book)
Enjoy your watching your caterpillars transform!
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