Today we started our unit on bugs and insects. I usually follow up my animal theme with this one because it’s an easy transition. I can go from talking about animals and environments to talking about what else lives in that environment. I like to stick to the bugs they are familiar with and seem to be drawn to – butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, bees, dragonflies, etc. It’s hard to fit it all in sometimes, but I let the children kinda lead me where they want to go. It’s cool.
I love to do the life cycle of the butterfly. So, today we painted large pieces of butcher paper – tomorrow all the children who didn’t have a turn will finish up. When they are dry I’ll cut butterflies out of them and put them up in a cupboard until I need them. I might use the scraps for another bug related project, we’ll see. Monday and Tuesday we’ll make caterpillars and hang them around the room. I need a cute caterpillar art project that I can hang on the wall – I’m open to suggestions! 🙂 I’m usually more prepared than this!
After the caterpillars are hung up for a week, I’ll start taking caterpillars down and replacing them with cocoons. The butterfly cocoons are basically knee high stockings with the butterflies rolled up inside. Over the course of about a week caterpillars come down and cocoons go up all around the room. After the cocoons are up for about 4 days, the first butterflies start to appear. Over the course of the next week, cocoons start to come down and the butterflies come out! Our room really gets a nice burst of color once the butterflies make their appearance!
It’s a fun project and the children always get a kick out of it! Spring has finally sprung! Happy April Fools everyone!