Mar 27

Raising caterpillars in preschool

One very fun activity for preschool students in the spring is caring for and watching caterpillars grow and form their chrysalis and then morph into butterflies.

Once again we have adopted our very own caterpillars, ordered from The Butterfly-Lady. We ordered our caterpillars to be delivered during a specific week and were getting concerned when they did not arrive when expected, but thankfully they arrived a couple of days after the anticipated date.

These caterpillars have done well and have done everything expected. They arrived in the plastic cup with food on the bottom of the cup. There were detailed instructions for care and proper placement in the classroom. We placed our caterpillar cups on the Science center shelf towards the middle of the room out of direct light.

In a few days the caterpillars grew larger and crawled to the top of the cup. They formed their chrysalis and attached themselves to the white paper underneath the lid.

As soon as all the caterpillars were hanging from the white paper on the lid, we made a butterfly house out of a cardboard box. We are waiting for the butterflies now…IMG_1595IMG_1604



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  1. bettyl

    What a great project for little ones to witness! You are all so patient.

  2. Brenna Phillips

    It is fun to watch the caterpillars grow. I love science projects like these. Thanks a bunch for visiting my blog and commenting. Check back for additional reports and pictures of the butterflies.

  3. Lisa Lynn

    Oops! I deleted the first part of my message 🙂 I would love to have you share this fun lesson on The HomeAcre Hop at:

  4. Katherines Corner

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite things hop xo

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