Abby is currently 3 1/2 years old.
The weekend of Easter, we received quite an exciting package in the mail...live caterpillars! Of the five shipped, only four survived upon arrival to our home, three of which were full grown and ready for their metamorphosis and one was a very tiny baby. Abby was very intrigued and observed her new friends frequently throughout the day.
One morning, we woke to discover two of our three grown caterpillars had climbed to the top of the observation container and had now spun silk and were hanging upside down.
While playing outside that afternoon, we came in to discover one of the caterpillars had made a chrysalis.
We monitored the second larvae very closely for the remainder of the night. Amazingly, we were lucky enough to witness this incredible change right before our eyes.
The body started becoming somewhat shiny.
Within seconds, a very noticeable change...
Now, part of the body is starting to separate from the caterpillar and will fall to the bottom of the container..
And in minutes, we now have a chrysalis to observe. Abby and I were amazed!
By late evening, the third caterpillar we named "Autumn" had finally discovered what to do after poking and fighting with our first two caterpillars while they prepared for their metamorphosis. The next afternoon, Autumn had formed a chrysalis and we watched for 9 days waiting for the emergence of our beautiful butterflies. After all the chrysalides were formed, I carefully moved them to the mesh pavilion. And, we hiked to Grandma's house to collect a lovely assortment of Wildflowers, Iris' and other beautiful flowers to spread across the bottom of the mesh pavilion and sprinkled dew drops of sugar water on the flowers.
With the butterfly emergence anticipation, we spent the week learning about what else...Pretty Bugs especially caterpillars and butterflies.
Bible Verse: Exodus 20:12
Tracing, Tracing and MORE Tracing...
Bible Verse craft...
ABC's, 123's, Colors, Shapes and Theme Printables
Abby loved this little snail puzzle I got at Target last summer.
Following directions--She had to listen and locate both the color and shape I called out.
She practiced cutting the little characters out which was a bit challenging and then we added magnets so she could have some imaginative playtime.
She learned about Parts of a Butterfly and had to label each part.
Using pom pom magnets to locate beginning sounds...
Matching upper and lowercase letters together...
We made pom pom clothespin caterpillars, added some magnets and we have a new way to display schoolwork on the refrigerator.
Handprint caterpillars which was her favorite, inspired from The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
One thing my daughter does not lack is self sufficiency and imagination..I stepped away for a minute to finish some laundry and I came back to discover a whole family of handprint caterpillars along with a story for each one.
After her handprint craft, Abby watched and loved the video I found based on the Eric Carle classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
You Can Read
We are finished with Unit One, but will continue to review weekly as we incorporate new sight words.
All the butterflies emerged either while we were playing or sleeping and released shortly after. The experience has been fun-filled for both of us and we will be able to experience again soon, as the baby caterpillar has been growing rapidly and will be ready in the next week or two.
Notice this particular Painted Lady Butterfly started with 4 wings total (2 large, 2 small)...
But, she ended up with 2 perfect, beautiful wings!