Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have this fantastic The Bug World kit. We picked it up from Aldi ages ago and squirreled it away for just the right time.
It has 31 separate activities to do with number 1 being the Mini Eco System, and you all know how much fun I had with that one.

Well Activity 4 is called A Nice Metamorphosis. We use the observation 'sphere', capture 2 caterpillars and away we go. We've tried this sort of thing before but the the 1 missing ingredient I think was that fact that you gently wet a cotton ball for the caterpillars to drink from. Ah, yes the end result of our previous efforts was not a beautiful butterfly, but we won't get into the whole circle of life moment right now!

Now everyday we have to add new leaves and re-moisten the cotton ball. According to 'the book' soon our caterpillar will enter its metamorphosis process. I quote "It will completely change its shape, eventually turning into a butterfly or moth." Of course if not I will need to dust of Lion King AGAIN!!

Wish me luck!!!


Lauren said...

I just haven't been able to keep a caterpillar alive through to butterfly stage -- I'll be watching to see if you can!

Kim said...

That is a fantastic kit - your girls are so lucky to be doing all this - and it's easy to tell that they know it too.

Fiona said...

Do you know if ALdi still have those kits available, and if not do you know where I could get one from, it looks really cool!!

Donna said...

No, we bought these well over a year ago and just had them hidden away. I've never seen anything like them anywhere else either. Not much help, Sorry.