Friday, July 8, 2011

Preschool ~ Caterpillars

Tot School

As part of our Insect Theme, we have been learning all about butterflies. Smiley is, of course, very interested in the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. So, to make our study really hands-on we ordered 5 caterpillars from Insect Lore.

It has been great. We are keeping a journal, in which we draw and write everyday, noting the changes we observe in our caterpillars. It is incredible how much they grow every day! Very fascinating, even for mom and dad!!

To go along with our study, we have been reading several books, including:

From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman.
This is a great book for preschoolers/kindergarteners, explaining the change from caterpillar to butterfly.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Beautiful Butterflies by Meish Goldish
This is a great book with many beautiful pictures of butterflies. It includes many interesting facts on butterflies.
Beautiful Butterflies (No Backbone! the World of Invertebrates)
A Butterfly Grows by Stephen Swinburne
Another book on the metamorphosis. It has many pretty pictures and walks through all the steps with few words. Ideal for younger learners!
A Butterfly Grows (Green Light Readers Level 2)
In addition to the above non-fiction books, we also read a couple of board books on the topic, including:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain. Both books were great hits with the kids.


In honor of 4th of July, I put an independence day themed sensory tray together for the kids. I included fuzzy, blue and white pom poms (from Michael's) and a star ice cube tray (from Cost Plus).

On another day, the kids played with a feather sensory bin...


Smiley helped me fill our mason jars with all kinds of goodies (grains, flours, sugar etc)...

We started a garden journal, which we use to note our observations about our potted fruit and vegetable plants. Here, Smiley is measuring them...
Helping daddy plant a new plant that he had picked out at the store :)

The weekend was busy with lots of 4th of July celebrations and get-togethers :)


  1. What a great idea to have your son draw his observations! I should have my kids bring in a few caterpillars from the yard. This really looks fun!

  2. I love the pic of him observing the caterpillar

  3. You would've loved our field trip this week.

    Great week!!!