Caterpillar to Butterfly Blog is a 21st century approach to a classic activity for kindergarten through elementary school aged children: hatching live butterflies and observing the butterfly life cycle. Throughout the activity you’ll keep a blog, allowing your child to share the experience with friends and family. It’s a fun, educational project that provides an introduction to the basics of natural science, technology, writing, and social networking. It’s also a great summer activity for kids.
Time Required: The entire project takes about a month
What You Need:
- A computer with Internet connection
- A butterfly raising kit
- A notebook and pencil to write down ideas and observations for your blog (optional)
Purchase a butterfly raising kit. It will provide an address to send away for the live caterpillars required for the activity. You should get them in about a week.
Start a blog. It’s very simple to do. There are many free sites available to host your blog. The one I use is Blogger. While you are waiting for your caterpillars to arrive, you can begin writing posts for the new blog. Write about the upcoming project, how your child feels about it, and what you hope to learn.
When your live caterpillars arrive, put them in the jar included in the butterfly raising kit. The kit should also include food for them. (They’re so cute!)
Continue posting about each stage of the activity. The whole idea is that you want a complete running story of your child’s time raising live butterflies.
In 7 to 10 days the caterpillars will become cocoon-like chrysalides. Within a week and a half they will transform into adult butterflies – a fascinating process that will give you plenty of material to blog about. You can keep a pad and pencil nearby in case inspiration hits.
If the outside temperature is above 55 degrees, you can release the butterflies.
Conclude the caterpillar to butterfly blog. If you enjoyed writing it, you can continue blogging about more science activities. Science Projects is a web page you can visit for some good ideas about children’s science experiments, and demonstrations.
Go online to find pictures and information about butterflies. Use them in your blog.
There are many different ways to write the blog. You can write it and quote your child. Your child can write the entire blog. You can even write it from the caterpillar’s point of view! Remember, this is a great chance to combine science and creativity. Encourage your child to contribute ideas.
Try to time the project so that the butterflies can be set free in the spring or summer.
Butterflies only have a 3-week life span, so you’ll want to release them before that time.
Let your child know, right from the start, that the butterflies will eventually be let go. I made their releasing into a big party and played up how happy the butterflies were to be set free into nature!
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