Hatch a Butterfly With Your Family

Ready to spend $20 on the best little bit of family fun?

Yes? Alright … place your order for a Live Butterfly Garden!

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Screen shot 2014-08-02 at 10.40.23 PMThe Live Butterfly Garden offers children the invaluable lessons of metamorphosis, science, patterns, patience, and life cycle studies. Give the Magic of Metamorphosis to a child you love.

In your kit you receive a cup of 5 caterpillars complete with their food, directions for each step of metamorphosis and a butterfly home for when they hatch.

Over the course of two weeks we watched our caterpillars grow and get chubby. In the evenings, we read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar so we could anticipate and plan for each phase. One day, our caterpillars climbed to the top of their little home, dropped into a J shape and their cocoons began forming. We gently transferred them into the mesh butterfly home and again, waited. Then, – POP! – our very hungry caterpillars slowly emerged from their cocoons and we had beautiful Painted Lady butterflies!

We watched, studied and fed them flowers, sugar water and fruit for a few days before picking a beautiful park to release them …

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It’s been two months since our butterfly experience and my 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 year olds are still talking about it! We’ll definitely be ordering a refill kit in the coming year to start the process all over again. So much fun and so many educational conversations sparked by our little caterpillars turned beautiful butterflies!

Have you hatched butterflies? Is this something your kids would enjoy? Or, perhaps they’d prefer an ant farm, ladybugs or a praying mantis … all options at Insect Lore!

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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Elisabeth
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What a sweet family activity! 🙂

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