We don't have a lot of flowering plants in our yard, so Chris and I stopped by Menards and grabbed a few plants from a list of butterfly approved plants and Ana and I planted them and took the opportunity to build the fairy garden she's been wanting to do for a while. We figured by the time we release our beautiful little Painted Ladies, they'll have had a chance to get settled and grow in a bit.
Our little learning corner has been decked out in butterfly decor and we've been using a ton of great things to help us learn about the butterfly life cycle. Since non-fiction can get repetitive for Ana, we've been using a familiar story to her, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as a fun supplement. Our Butterfly Observation journal has been a fun way to keep track of how long it takes the butterflies to make transitions too! One of the greatest things is learning along side Ana. Like, I had no idea caterpillars could poop so much. Or that it's called "frass" which was a great source of entertainment to us.
We've labeled parts of a butterfly, which got picked up quickly since it echoes our ant anatomy a bit and our library has been a great source of butterfly books, both fiction and non. Ana is also a huuuge fanatic of YouTube videos so we watched this video about Monarchs and this video about the life cycle!
And while there are so many beautiful butterflies, we wanted to know which ones we could find around us, so I made this watercolor poster of common Michigan butterflies! Lucky for you, I scanned it in so you can do a Dollar Download HERE ($1!) and print it at home if you want a copy!