Pre-school have had a wonderful time learning about the life cycle of a caterpillar. We put our caterpillars into their own tubs along with some special food and observed them daily to see how quickly and how much the caterpillars grew. The children were amazed to see the caterpillars then build a cocoon around themselves.
“Look he has made a bed, he is very tired and full up from all his food.” (Jacob aged 4)
The caterpillars, in their cocoon, were then placed in our butterfly nest where we waited for them to transform into beautiful butterflies. The children learnt to handle them carefully and enjoyed talking about the different sized butterflies we might get and the different colours.
Finally the day came and our caterpillars are now butterflies! We were all very excited. We gave them oranges and apples to help make them strong and kept them in our nest until their wings were strong enough to fly.
We released them into our forest giving them lots of encouragement and praise as they began their flight into our forest school.
“Look he can fly now” (Amelia aged 4)