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Ki-sis. Yep, that’s what our caterpillars changed into…a ki-sis! Haha! Grayson was so excited, and a tad bit confused, to see his caterpillars change into chrysalises or chrysalides. It’s not easy explaining what a chrysalises is to a three year old, but I did it. It doesn’t hurt to use those big scientific words even at the age of three.
To help him better understand the life cycle of a butterfly, we sat down with our favorite butterfly books and talked about it. I showed him a chrysalis in the book and we then compared the one in front of us. Oh, the smiles and giggles. He was so happy to see the life cycle of a butterfly up close and personal.
When I was teaching, my favorite tool in the classroom was double-sided tape! I used it for almost everything, including moving our chrysalises into their garden. I am always happy to find a reason to bring it out at home and I think it works great for this activity.
To apply what we learned today, I grabbed the life cycle printable from my Bugs Preschool Pack. We used our watercolors to paint each picture. I was able to find pasta that resembled the stages of the butterfly that we glued onto each stage.