Children have been supported in developing and understanding of the life cycle of butterflies recently. When our tiny caterpillars were delivered, children carefully potted them and ensured they had air, moisture and food to eat as well as a safe place to be. Each day children observed and recorded what was happening to the caterpillars: through talk, drawings, mark making, writing and sharing. They asked questions, pondered and were supported to predict what would happen. They used information books and iPads to research. Over two weeks the caterpillars changed, firstly by rapidly growing and then the next stage was when they formed a chrysalis and we waited. During this time, children further researched the life cycle and responded to a range of music to create dance routines together.
Finally, this week the butterflies emerged. They needed a few days to dry their wings, become stronger and feed on fresh juicy fruit. Yesterday we gathered in the garden to bid farewell to our winged friends who were released into the wild where they belong.