Ensure you have enough time to raise Butterflies next term! If you are looking to do a Life Cycle Project with the children in your class after Easter here are some great tips to get you started! Firstly, you will need to order your Butterfly Garden that includes all you require to carry out the process!
Inside the Butterfly Garden box you will receive a Butterfly habitat, feeding pipette and a voucher to redeem your cup of live caterpillars. With your voucher you can go online to www.insectlore.co.uk and order your live caterpillars. Caterpillars take approx 7-10 days to ship from the dispatch date stated on the Insect Lore website.
Have you ordered your caterpillars yet? If you would like your class to experience first hand the wonder of caterpillars transforming into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies then now is the time. Between March and September every year you can order live caterpillars and watch them grow until they emerge as butterflies!
If you have previously carried out the process then the only thing you will require this year is a Voucher for a Refill Cup of Caterpillars.With this voucher you can order 3-5 caterpillars that will be delivered within 7-10 days of the stated dispatch date.
Thrive Spring is the fourth book in the Thrive series of books from Irish Author Gillian Powell M.Ed. This book aims to guide Primary School teachers and children to engage with nature and the outdoors in Spring.
With over 50 pages of activity ideas including activities that engage with the senses, teach maths, science, language and mindfulness. The book is suitable for children in the younger classes from Junior Infants up to second class.
Personalised Face Masks are available to order for Primary Schools! Are you looking to personalise face masks for the staff at your school? At the Primary School Shop you can purchase reusable masks and have your school logo or name printed onto them.
Thrive Autumn Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families is the latest book from Irish Author Gillian Powell M.Ed. This is the second of four wonderful books and is based on the theme of Autumn. We are delighted to add it to our product category ‘Exploring Nature with Children’ along with the Summer edition!
Thrive Summer Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families by Irish Author Gillian Powell M.Ed. We are delighted to add to our product category ‘Exploring Nature with Children’ with this wonderful new outdoor themed book!With over 30 years experience in the Early Years sector Gillian wrote this book based on her own first hand experience with children. The book was written with the aim to guide, inspire and help both Early Years Educators, Primary School teachers and families to connect with the outdoors and nature in Summer time.
Thrive Summer Outdoor Nature Activities Book Contents
The first of a series of four books for Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring; this wonderful book has lots of activity ideas covering various topics such as Healthy Eating, Sensory Walks, Science, Maths, Well Being and Climbing. The book includes pictures as a visual to many of the activities and is aimed at children between 2 and 8 years old. This book would be a great addition to any Early Years Setting or Primary School to have on hand for staff members who might need some inspiration or guidance when connecting with the outdoors and nature in the Summer Time.
‘I believe that Summer is a time of abundance and imagination. This Summer edition of Thrive will explore nature and outdoor activities that will develop children’s cognitive and creative thinking. These activities have been tried and tested over thirty-two years working in an early years setting. The underlying principles of this book reinforce the importance of nature for children and families. Thrive continues to emphasise mindfulness and holistic emotional well being, for children and families.’
Summer Time gives children the opportunity to be outdoors where they can be free to explore the world around them. Furthermore, playing outdoors can benefit children in many ways from exposure to sunlight, movement of body, improvement of balance and coordination and finally, sensory engagement. The below video gives a taste of the ideas that are included in the book. Check out this book and more in our Exploring Nature with Children category on the Primary School Shop.
Introducing children to nature is a great way to learn more about the plants, insects and wildlife on our doorstep. At the Primary School Shop we are delighted to add to our outdoor learning range with 6 great new products. If you loved our live Butterfly Garden then you will love these products also. The products such as the Butterfly Feeder and the Wildflower Seeds encourage wildlife to your outdoor area. While the Giant Butterfly Garden allows children to experience first hand how caterpillars change into butterflies. Below is a list of the new products available!
New Outdoor Products Include:
Giant Butterfly Garden– The Giant Butterfly Garden is a bigger version of the much loved regular Butterfly Garden. You receive a larger enclosure measuring 45cm, caterpillar voucher to redeem 6-10 caterpillars and Painted Lady butterfly life cycle stages figurines. Remember the caterpillars are shipped between March and September. So order now if you wish to carry out the process before the end of the school year!
Life Cycle Microscope – The Life Cycle Microscope allows children to zoom in on their favourite creatures with up to 8 times magnification. It features large, comfortable eyepiece lenses making it easy for young children to use. It has a large over sized knob for zooming. In addition, it has an LED light to showcase the details in the slides or on any other object being examined. It also includes four slides showing the amazing butterfly life cycle but slides are not required. You can place feathers, bugs, leaves and more directly on the illuminated base.
3D Butterfly Stickers – These 3D Butterfly Stickers are highly life like and flutter in any small breeze. They are a great addition to any caterpillar to butterfly theme in a classroom setting. They are also ideal for decorating artwork or gifting to children as a job well done on the project completed! Each sheet includes 10 butterflies and 5 small flowers. Colour chosen at random (blue, green or red).
Butterfly Feeder– The Butterfly Feeder hangs in your outdoor area, filled with nectar (sugared water), to attract butterflies to feed. Once the butterflies come to feed the children can use their magnifying glasses to carefully check out their patterns, features and different colours. This is a great addition to any Primary School looking to encourage wildlife into the outdoor space for children to explore closely.
Ladybird Magnifier – The Ladybird Magnifier was thoughtfully designed with young children in mind. It is lightweight and sturdy, using the ladybird’s wings cleverly, opening out to reveal a lens offering 5 x magnification! This is a great product for children to carry with them as they go outside on their nature adventures!
Flower Seeds – This super mix of wildflower seeds includes a variety of different flowers including foxgloves, clover and forget-me-nots. These seeds have been specifically selected to benefit and attract butterflies to your outdoor area. This process helps children to understand the cycle of plants as well as learning how the flowers benefit nature as they help to feed the bees and butterflies.
Explore Nature with children using these four great new products from Insect Lore. These products have been created for children to use when they are out and about in nature and within the classroom when there is a nature theme being explored. The products include a bug jar, a creature peeper that allows you to see insects at 3 times their original size and realistic looking bugs and butterflies for up close inspection!
Nowadays children have less opportunity to explore outdoors. The classroom provides a great opportunity for children to get more exposure to nature. This can be done by spending more time outside to allow children to explore. Some schools may not have the benefit of a large outdoor area but it is still possible to explore nature even in a smaller space. There are many ways that schools can make it possible to explore nature regardless of the size of the outdoor space.
Some ideas include;
Collect and inspect insects, bugs, worms, ladybugs, leaves, pebbles etc.
Create a nature display for children to explore and add things to over the course of time
Grow a mini garden – start small with herbs such as chive or parsley
Arrange a scavenger hunt where children collect lots of various natural items to explore
Go on a nature walk to a nearby park
Explore Nature – New Products
If you loved the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden then you will also love these wonderful new products available on the Primary School Shop. These four products are a great addition to any classroom for children to explore further into the world of nature with bugs and insects.
Big Bunch O’ Butterflies – The Big Bunch O’ Butterflies includes 18 imitation butterflies from at least four different species. These include Painted Ladies, Monarchs, Swallowtails, Morphos and more! These realistic butterflies are a great addition to any classroom for a nature or butterfly theme activity. They come in a plastic tube with a resealable lid to keep them safe while not in use. They could also be used as part of a wall display board for children to see on a permanent basis.
Big Bunch O’ Bugs – The Big Bunch O’ Bugs includes 18 imitation bugs and insects such as flies, spiders, beetles and ladybugs. This realistic bug selection are a great addition to any nature themed activity. The children can get up close and begin to recognise what the various bugs look like. Then they can go outside themselves to find the real life versions! The Big Bunch O’ Bugs come in a plastic tube with a resealable lid to keep them safe while not in use.
Best Ever Bug Jar – The Best Ever Bug Jar allows children to go outside and collect their very own bugs to explore closer without them crawling away. This durable plastic container is made with breathable mesh to keep the insects safe while inside. Once the child is finished exploring they can easily release the bugs back into nature! It has a nice firm handle for children to grip as they explore and is made from shatterproof plastic to ensure durability.
Creature Peeper – The Creature Peeper allows children to take a closer look at the natural world as it lets you see bugs from above and below and at 3 times their original size! This escape-proof, periscope-style interactive viewer is perfect for viewing small insects or items found outside. Children will have hours of fun with it!
All of these products are now available to purchase on the Primary School Shop! Make sure and keep an eye out for more nature products that we will be adding to the collection over the coming months!