Butterfly Life Cycle: Part One

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Spring is here, flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and butterflies are fluttering everywhere.  It is the perfect time to teach little learners about the changes that spring brings including the life cycle of a butterfly.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 1 - MJCS
Which is why…we have baby caterpillars!
It all began with a simple question I hear quite often everyday…”Mommy, how you make that?”
In this particular situation, Grayson was referring to the butterfly that was flying in our backyard one afternoon.  My first response was that God made the butterfly which was quickly followed by “How God make that?”
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 1 - MJCS
I gave a simple explanation of how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly and it’s called metamorphosis.  I then asked if he would like to see how caterpillars changed into butterflies, but he was back to playing in his sandbox with his mighty machines.  Gotta love life with a 2 year old!
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 1 - MJCS
During naptime, I got on Insect Lore and bought some caterpillars.   They came in a couple of days later and Grayson was so excited!
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 1 - MJCS
We read The Very Hungry Caterpilllar by Eric Carle and discussed how the caterpillars were eggs first and that our caterpillars will eat the food in the container to help them get bigger.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Part 1 - MJCS
We will be doing some fun crafts and activities that I will share later as we wait for our caterpillars to change into chrysalises.  You can check out the rest of the series below…
Butterfly Life Cycle for Little Learners - MJCS

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