As part of our Growing Week we looked at how caterpillars grow into butterflies, after a wonderful donation of caterpillars from Rebekah we were able to watch them transform. This activity really captured the children’s imagination and they all found it was amazing to actually watch the process happening. Many of them knew that butterflies came from caterpillars but did not know how.
First we saw them form into their pupas and then placed them into the hatching net and waited. After only 5 days the first one hatched, the following day 3 more hatched even though we didn’t get to watch them hatch as it appears to happen at night the children were still fascinated by this part of the process.
Once hatched we then fed them with some apples and sugar water and watched them for a few days before releasing them into the wild where they will now go and lay their own eggs.
After all our butterflies had been released we all sat together and looked at the pupas left behind, we could clearly see where the caterpillars had pushed their way out, unfortunately one of the caterpillars didn’t hatch and some of the children asked why, so we explained that this was because he was poorly and not strong enough to push his way out.
As the children were very interested in the subject of caterpillars we looked at the story of The Hungry Caterpillar and then divided into our key person groups to draw pictures from the story. The children came up with some wonderful images some of which we coloured in and stuck onto our caterpillar display. Please feel free to come and have a look!