Let's take a commonly used activity to teach life cycles and marry it with some quality children's literature. Here's how you can easily put butterflies, outside and reading together.
There can be different goals for your kids here, depending on their ages. If you have specific questions about this, feel free to email me.
For toddlers, you want them to experience life and see systems as inter-connected (flowers, butterflies, outside).
For older kids, you want them to understand the life cycle and the role butterflies play as pollenators in our environment.
Either way, you can make this science and reading intersection as in-depth as you want and as fun as you want!
The Thomas Marent Butterfly book is filled with photography that is detailed and very engaging to look at. Liliana loved looking at this book over and over again. Gail Gibbons' book does a great job diving in to the butterfly life and is migration patterns.
Most importantly, you are looking for metamorphosis with the butterflies.
Keep track of your observations, just like scientists would! You are running a butterfly experiment. Some observations you might want to watch are, how quickly it takes the caterpillars to cocoon themselves, how long they are cocooned and what they eat once they've emerged as butterflies.
When our butterflies were ready to be released, we went to our garden for our release party. We had lunch outside, brought flowers (for fun) and colored in paper butterflies. We made it an event!
When you release your butterflies, just know that there might be one or two stragglers and that's okay. They won't all immediately leave the netted area. For us, it took just about 45 minutes for all of the butterflies to leave the "nest".
And, keep making observations for conversation. When you see butterflies out and about, point them out excitedly. If you are excited, your kid will be too.
If you have any specific questions about doing a butterfly kit or have questions on books that go well for a certain age, or your child specifically, please reach out. I'm happy to answer specific questions!