Watching our 5 caterpillars change into butterflies was such a special and enriching experience! We brought the caterpillars out every morning during Circle Time. We passed the cup around gently and we each took a look at how big they grew with each day!
During one special day they seemed to harden into their chrysalides right before our eyes - it seemed to happen so quickly!
They inspired our Yoga time: we changed our bodies from little caterpillar eggs, into hungry, wiggly caterpillars, then to tight chrysalides and finally we would reach out our arms into butterflies.
We also took our butterfly inspiration into the art studio. For 2 weeks we made lots of caterpillar and butterfly art! Among other things, the kids made cute, green, caterpillar toe-prints, symmetrical butterfly paintings by using a folding technique, and even some interpretive clay chrysalides.
We moved the chrysalides into their larger butterfly home, and after 5 days they emerged all at once! It was a lot of fun having them in the classroom for a while. We all had lots of opportunities to observe them. We fed them a steady diet of fruit and sugar water.
When it was time to set them free all of the children sat quietly on the back porch to watch.
When we first opened the net, we weren't sure how to get them out. They seemed hesitant to fly away, so we prompted them a bit by giving a few little shakes. When they first one fluttered away it was very exciting! It looked so little going off into the world!
One-by-one they all flew away!
We'll be keeping our eyes out for caterpillar eggs, caterpillars and even a visit from our Painted Lady butterflies.