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We have been reading the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.  We have read it over and over again, counting and talking about all the different things that the caterpillar ate.  This is definitely one of our favourite stories.

We have made caterpillars and butterflies in the dough.  We made patterns by threading butterflies and learned a song called “There’s a Little Caterpillar on a Leaf”.  We used the left-over potatoes that we planted to print caterpillar bodies and heads and then drew faces and legs on.  Don’t they look great?

We incubated some caterpillars and watched as they ate and ate and grew and grew.  They have to eat an awful lot before they turn into butterflies.  We were very lucky because we actually saw them spinning their cocoons.  Because the weather is so warm, it didn’t take long before they hatched into beautiful, Painted Lady butterflies.  We fed them with sugary water for a couple of days until they were quite fluttery in their pavilion.

Butterflies are wild animals and they are not supposed to be kept in nets.  We gathered outside to set them free.  They are so beautiful but so fragile.  We were careful to be very gentle and still.  As Mrs Lilley encouraged them to fly away, they rested on some of our hands.  We looked at their furry bodies, their long curly proboscis, their feely antennae and all the patterns on their wings.  Look at their wings!  If you find a pattern on one wing, you can be sure to find it on the other one.

Some of the butterflies rested on our lavender and curry plants before flying away.  Some children were fascinated and wanted to look in close detail.  We looked with magnifying glasses so that we could see all the tiny details.  Some children wanted to give them leaves to eat.  Hmmm … do butterflies eat leaves?  We might find that out tomorrow.

Here’s something to talk about … what does a baby butterfly look like?