I have been somewhat concerned that our painted ladies would not emerge in time for the children to enjoy them prior to our summer recess. Fortunately, 4 of the 5 have now emerged! Now we can all take our two week break with some closure.
We spent a lot of time observing our new butterfly friends today and reciting our finger play over and over and over again.
"First there was an egg sitting on a leaf."
(Hold one hand flat and curl index finger to make the egg on the leaf)
"Out popped a munching, crunching caterpillar"
(swiggle/wiggle index finger along)
"Then up it climbed and made a chrysalis"
(Bring index finger up in front of your face and wrap it with your other hand)
"It wiggled as it worked, and out came a butterfly!"
(move your hands around as the chrysalis, side your thumbs to interlock, and flap your hands like butterfly wings)
What a wonderful experience for your children Amy. We haven't hatched butterflies for a few years now but I remember the nervous excitement I experienced when we did. There is just something about new life that is nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time ... regardless of species. Oh and I love your little finger play .. very cute!
Donna :) :)
Thanks for including this link, I must have forgotten to clip this when I first read it. Next year I'll have to see if we can find monarchs, I love monarch butterflies.
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