Have you tried raising butterflies with your kids?
We do this almost every year and LOVE it. I mean, really, really love it. The kids get so excited about every step of the process.
We use this butterfly house and send away for the caterpillars, although sometimes we also bring in caterpillars from the garden.
And we watch…
We watch the teeny tiny caterpillars eat the caterpillar food inside the container they come in.
And we watch them grow and grow.
We watch them create their chrysalises.
Then we attach the little chrysalises to the top of the butterfly house.
And we watch them some more.
We wait and watch and wonder.
And then, one day, the butterflies emerge!
It is the most magical process to witness!
We feed the butterflies fruit and flowers and sugar water and watch a bit more…
…before taking them outside (usually to the garden, but in the photos above we were at the beach)…
…and releasing them with ceremony.
It’s such a magical process to share with kids! I highly recommend giving this a try.
We use this butterfly house and order our caterpillars from the same company. (The house comes with a voucher for free caterpillars the first time and you can buy them separately each subsequent time).
But you can also bring in your own caterpillars and even make your own butterfly house.
Raising Butterflies with Kids (More Resources)
- Butterfly garden gift set with live cup of caterpillars
- Garden plants to attract butterflies (on The Garden Glove)
- Why it’s important to bring monarch caterpillars inside to raise (on Monarch Lovers)
- Make an easy butterfly feeder (on Reading Confetti)
- Keep a butterfly journal (free printable on Books and Giggles)
- DIY and other caterpillar setups (on Raising Butterflies)
- A DIY wooden butterfly caterpillar cage (on Randy & Meg’s Garden Paradise)
- How to raise butterflies to lay eggs (on Creekside Learning)
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