Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Special Exposure Wednesday

For a long time, I've been wanting to try one of the butterfly growing kits seen in educational toy stores. We finally decided this was the Summer to give it a try.

You buy the kit and send in a card to get your caterpillars delivered. You can even say the exact date you would like them to arrive. Then plop the catepillars in the little butterfly house and watch as they weave and wrap themselves in a cocoon. After about a week in their cocoons, the butterflies start to emerge.

I had my doubts but it really did work! It was an amazing summer science lesson that held everyone's interest for several weeks. Then it was time to release them outside. They flew away one by one, and the last one stopped and landed on a plant just long enough to wiggle his wings in goodbye!







7 comments:

Kathleen@so much to say, so little time said...

My son's preschool did this earlier this year, and they loved it.

The Henrys said...

That looks like fun! How nice that the last one posed for you!

Little Hand Big Heart said...

Looks like total fun. Thank you for sharing this. We have wanted to do this but just never have. Thanks for inspiring us.

MaggieMae said...

My daughter did this at school and then we were gifted a kit at home. I was hesitant but it was a wonderful experience. We even managed to rescue a fallen chrysalis that went on to hatch! We let ours go in a friend's butterfly garden. It was beautiful... as you can see:

http://walkonthehappyside.blogspot.com/2009/08/our-butterflies-are-free-to-fly.html

Amanda Daybyday said...

That is very cool.

Alison said...

What a great idea - my girls would love this!!

VMI said...

Ok - you've talked me into this -we may have to try this at our house.