In honor of Learn About Butterflies Day we have 5 FUN ways to help you learn about butterflies and get your kids engaged in, and excited about these beautiful creatures. Butterflies aren’t just pretty to look at. They play an integral role in our eco-system. If we don’t remember this and teach our kids about them, we won’t have them around to do their jobs.
A quick stroll around Pinterest will show you hundreds of ideas on how you can create Butterfly inspired crafts. Whether you want fast and easy, or something more detailed - there is a butterfly craft for everyone.
Here is a fun, easy one, that we really like. There’s a good chance you have everything you need for these Bow-Tie-Noodle-Butterflies already in your home. You can see the full instructions for this craft HERE.
You may even already have this one on your bookshelf! “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle. It’s a childhood classic and gives kids a glimpse at the lifecycle of a butterfly.
There are a lot of great books out there, so make sure you’re getting a book that is appropriate for the age range you need. A great option for older kids is, “How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for kids” by Carol Pasternak.
You can always go to your local library to find books about butterflies!
Who does’t love a tasty snack? We know the Hungry Little Caterpillar does.
Here’s a cute idea for an afternoon snack to help you celebrate, “Learn About Butterflies Day”. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids the different parts of a butterfly - or at least the basics.
Here's an easy guide to help:
Here are some things you can do in your own yard to help provide for butterflies.
Home Depot and other nurseries are helping these efforts out by including information on the tags of plants that show if they attract butterflies. See the photo above!
Once your garden is setup, what better way to give it a kick start than to raise your own butterflies for it? This is an incredible activity the whole family will enjoy and learn from.
When you’re ready, you can purchase a butterfly kit and follow the instructions for how to raise them. You’ll get to watch the amazing transformation from tiny caterpillar to HUGE caterpillar and then see them work their way into a cocoon! We all know what happens next and you’ll get to see it first hand, as the caterpillars you so patiently raised, emerge from the cocoon a beautiful butterfly.
Then you release them into your butterfly garden and you’ve helped the butterfly population. Your family will want to do this over and over again!
Stay tuned - we will do a more in depth post on the entire process of raising butterflies!
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The holiday season is upon us, which means kids are anxiously awaiting gifts. We’ve put together a list of ideas that will inspire your children to play and explore outside, providing experiences that last a lot longer than the newest trendy toy.
For many of us, the new cycle of the year begins with the first day of school. Fall functions as the welcome to the new rhythm of the year; so it’s nice to witness other new beginnings at this time. Typically fall brings with it a reprieve of the summer heat and leaves begin to color red and yellow, so it is nice to see new life spring forward. It's during this early fall that ring-tailed Lemurs welcome their babies to the world. Newborns cling to their mother’s bellies until they are confident enough to climb onto her back, where they will spend the majority of their first few months before observing survival lessons modeled by their mother. Although they breastfeed for 4 to 6 months, they do begin to climb and look for solid food with mama at about 6 weeks. Lemurs live in troops, groups that can be as small as 3 or as large as 27 lemurs, and are ruled by females. When the male offspring mature they will venture off to find a new troop, but females will typically stay with the troop that they were born into.
Here are some great ways to incorporate lemur creativity into your fall season.