Fun little summer activity for kids

Yesterday while the children were weeding in the garden my youngest daughter, who was weeding the parsley, found a caterpillar. So I did what I did when my older girls were little - it's a fun, cheap, educational activity for kids (and moms!)

Materials

Container with holes - a berry container works well but tape the slots half way or the caterpillar can escape

Jar lid - this makes a perfect water dish for the caterpillar

A smidgen of raw honey - for sweetness, though this would be better for actual butterflies than caterpillars

Greens (kale, parsley are our choices) - caterpillars need to eat and be sure to give them fresh stuff each day.....remember the hungry caterpillar book? Very applicable!

Then all you have to do is watch and wait and watch and wait, replenishing food and water as needed. Then one day the caterpillar will spin its chrysallis. Once that is complete make sure the children do not jar the container too much and wait for the butterfly to emerge in about 10-14 days.

In the meantime, study the life cycle of a caterpillar to butterfly. Here's a great link showing illustrations and everything for the Monarch Butterfly, which might be what ours is...not sure yet though.

http://www.monarchwatch.org/biology/cycle1.htm

Fun little summer activity for kids
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