Green and chubby …
Poky spikes …
Brown and fuzzy …
Caterpillars come in all different colors, shapes and forms, and children love to collect them!
Caterpillars provide a very close-up examination of the small creatures that live in our world. Children can study small eco-systems by catching a caterpillar and setting up an environment for it, complete with the correct food, water and a branch. If you are lucky, the caterpillar may spin a cocoon or turn into a chrysalis – wait a few weeks and you may hatch a moth or butterfly!
Through hands-on activities in this Unit, children:
- Discover the difference between cocoons and chrysalises
- Use a special ‘inchworm’ ruler to measure various items
- Practice fine motor skills by making a button caterpillar
Explore caterpillars with your children and re-discover the joys of childhood.