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Explore the Outdoors with Excellent Educational Resources!

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.

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Ensure You Have Enough Time To Raise Butterflies!

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.

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Exploring the Life Cycle Theme with a Giant Butterfly Garden!

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.

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Butterfly Season – Only One More Day To Go!

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!

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Insect Lore Butterfly Gardens – A great way to connect with nature this Spring!

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!

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Thrive Spring Available Now on The Primary School Shop!

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.

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Thrive Winter Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families now Available!

Thrive Winter Outdoor Nature Activities for Children and Families‘ is the latest book from Irish Author, Gillian Powell M.Ed. We are delighted to announce that it is now available to purchase on the Primary School Shop! This book aims to support primary school teachers and early years educators to connect with outdoor nature during Winter. The book is aimed at children between the ages of 2-8 years old, suiting the younger classes in Primary school.

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Thrive Autumn Outdoor Nature Activities (by Gillian Powell M.Ed.)

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!

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Thrive Summer Outdoor Nature Activities (by Gillian Powell M.Ed.)

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.

Gillian says;

‘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.

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The Butterflies are Back – the Magic of Metamorphosis

Caterpillars to Butterflies is a magical learning experience for children of all ages and The Primary School Shop is delighted to announce the return of the very popular Insect Lore Butterfly Garden for Children! This product was very popular with both schools and families during our first lockdown in 2020. It is a low-cost educational kit for raising butterflies from caterpillars. It is a great learning experience for children as they get the opportunity to observe and think about change (metamorphosis) and the passing of time. 

If you are looking to explore the theme of Metamorphosis with your class then this product is a brilliant addition to your learning material. Butterflies are beautiful and gentle bugs and their metamorphosis is a wonderful experience for children of all ages. The children will get to experience seeing caterpillars change into chrysalides before emerging as beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies. They will then raise and feed their butterflies before releasing them into the wild! 

Beautiful Butterflies from The Butterfly Garden!

Once you have learned a bit about the caterpillars and butterflies through stories, books and some online short videos you can introduce the children to the Butterfly Garden. Explain that there are 3-5 caterpillars in the tub. The caterpillars will eat all the food provided until they get big (up to 10 times their original size). Once the caterpillars are ready they will then hang themselves upside down and harden into chrysalides. 

They will then be moved to the butterfly net where they emerge into butterflies. The children will then be able to feed the butterflies until they are ready to be released! The whole process takes approx. 3-4 weeks. This is a highly recommended product and a wonderful activity for adults and children alike! Check out the below video that gives you a detailed explanation of the full process when using the Insect Lore Butterfly Garden.