|Releasing the Butterflies|
Because this was a Christmas gift, we set this aside and had something to look forward to come spring. In March, I ordered our live caterpillars and the kids and I had a discussion on the life cycle of the butterfly. I printed off a free butterfly life cycle poster I found on Pinterest for the girls so they had a visual. We then made butterflies out of coffee filters painted with watercolor and tied together using pipe cleaners. There are so many cute and crafty butterfly projects you can do with this lesson. Just look on Pinterest for more ideas.
Our caterpillars arrived all ready to go. All we needed to do was set the cups out of direct sunlight and away from our curious cats! The fireplace mantle worked well for this.
The caterpillars crawled around for about eight days.
|On day eight the caterpillars started turning into chrysalis'|
|We had one caterpillar that was very late turning in a chrysalis and was the only one that did not survive.|
|They are hatching!|
After about nine days in the chrysalis form our first two butterflies hatched! The rest hatched over the next two days. We put fresh watermelon, tangerines, and a paper towel soaked in sugar water for them to eat. After observing the butterflies for a few days and making sure it was warm enough (above 55 degrees) we took the butterflies outside and released them.
|They landed on our hands and shoulders for a few minutes before taking off into the wild|
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