Explore the outdoors with your classroom in the final term of the year! With May upon us and the weather becoming warmer it is the ideal time to get outside with your class. The outdoors presents many learning opportunities for young children – both mentally and physically. Children will have exposure to Vitamin D and the opportunity for movement to improve gross motor skills.
Being outdoors can help children mentally as it can improve mood and regulate emotions. Simply being in the outdoors can relax children and give them a break from the everyday routine. They also have the opportunity to improve self esteem and confidence as they move around exploring and learning as they go.
Exploring a Life Cycle theme is a great way for children to learn about the different stages of life for plants, bugs, insects or flowers. It also teaches them about change. Children are curious by nature and they like to know how things work and how things happen.
Responding to a child’s questions in greater detail can help them to understand how a seed grows into a plant, how a tadpole turns into a frog or how a caterpillar grows into a butterfly. If you are planning a Life Cycle theme in your classroom this Spring or Summer you will love these great resources from Insect Lore!
The Giant Butterfly Garden includes all that you need to explore a Caterpillar to Butterfly Life Cycle theme. Included is a 45 cm butterfly habitat clear mesh (pop up), feeding pipette, painted Lady butterfly life cycle stages figurines and full instructions. In also includes a voucher to redeem your batch of 6-10 caterpillars online.
Butterfly Season – only one day to go! We are very excited over here at the Primary School Shop with Butterfly season upon us! From tomorrow, 1st March until early September Primary schools can redeem Caterpillar Vouchers online to start the journey of raising caterpillars until they emerge into beautiful butterflies!
If you are looking to do a Life Cycle or Metamorphosis theme in your classroom then now is the time to get organised! The Insect Lore Butterfly Gardens are a low-cost educational resource and include all you require to raise your very own caterpillars. This gives children first hand experience as they watch and observe the caterpillars until they transform into lovely Painted Lady butterflies!
Insect Lore Butterfly Gardens are a low-cost educational kit for raising butterflies from caterpillars. If you are looking to explore the theme of Metamorphosis this Spring in your classroom, this product is a brilliant addition to your learning material.
Children will get the opportunity to observe and think about change (metamorphosis) as well as getting real life connection with a caterpillar’s journey to becoming a butterfly!
Caterpillars are available to order between March and September every year. Outside of this time it is too cold for them. The whole process takes approximately 4 weeks. Over a period of 2-3 weeks the children can watch their caterpillars eat and grow. There is no need to feed them at this point as all the food they need is contained inside the tub you will receive.
The children will notice them getting bigger and bigger until they go into chrysalides. They will stay there for a number of days before emerging into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. Once the butterflies emerge they can be fed with the sugar water provided. Additionally, they can be fed with some freshly cut fruit such as oranges. After 2-3 days the whole class can bring the butterfly habitat outside to release the butterflies to make their own way in nature!
Insect Lore Butterfly Gardens – All You Need to Raise Your Caterpillars!
The Insect Lore Butterfly Garden includes everything you and the children need to raise your very own butterflies. The kit includes a butterfly habitat with clear mesh (pop up), feeding pipette and full instructions. In addition, a voucher to redeem your first group of caterpillars (online) is included. You will receive between 3-5 caterpillars with this voucher.
If you would like a larger version – we have the The Giant Butterfly Garden. This kit has a 45 cm butterfly habitat clear mesh (pop up), feeding pipette, painted Lady butterfly life cycle stages figurines and full instructions. It includes a voucher to redeem the caterpillars online for a larger amount of between 6-10 caterpillars. Once your order for the caterpillars is placed they will arrive approximately one week from the stated dispatch date.
If you have purchased a Butterfly Garden previously but would like to do the process again this year, you can simply buy a Voucher for Refill Cup of Caterpillars. With this voucher you can then go online to the Insect Lore website to redeem your voucher. To get started see below short animated video that shows how the life cycle process works with the Butterfly Garden!