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.