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.
You can get this activity and more in my Bugs Preschool Pack. And check out the rest of this series here.