How to make Kids understand the Life Cycle of a Butterfly?
By reading only through the books it will not be easy to understand the concept of the formation of a real life butterfly. However there is a science kit named as Insect Lore Butterfly Garden which can be utilized to actually carry out the process of the formation of a real life butterfly at home from the egg laid by an adult butterfly. This practical project carried out at home with the help of this science kit for the actualization of the formation of a buttery can really help to better understand the concept of butterfly metamorphosis. As you know there are four stages in the life cycle of a butterfly as below.
Butterfly Egg > Butterfly Larva (Caterpillar) > Pupa (Chrysalis) > Adult Butterfly
This science kit from Insect Lora is a type of biological project which can really help kids to give birth to colorful butterflies at home in the suitable environment as required. When you will buy this kit it will come up with three things inside the purchased box. First you will get a cylindrical shaped net which has a height of around 30cm. When inside the box the net is collapsed and once you take it out it can be expanded to acquire cylindrical shape. This will act as the habitat or home for the butterflies when they will finally grew in it.
Next you will get a plastic made dropper to feed the butterflies in the net. The final thing inside the box would be a voucher or coupon to be redeemed. Insect Lora (the seller of this kit) doesn't send you butterfly eggs but they actually send you 3-5 caterpillars (Larva insects from which Chrysalis are formed and Chrysalis later turn into butterflies) but since they cannot send these living caterpillars along with the purchased box so they send you a voucher so that you can redeem the voucher at your convenience i.e whenever you are ready to start with the project.
You can send the voucher at a postal mail address given (instruction book provided in the box) or also can use it on the official website of Insect Lora to redeem it and receive the colored caterpillars within just few days from their laboratory. A small fee is charged as the postal expenses. You will receive the caterpillars inside a plastic jar or cup which is transparent (to look inside) and also have some air holes (for the caterpillars to inhale air and grow in it). Some fatty food specifically made for caterpillars to eat and grow is based at the bottom of the cup. So the kids don't even need to worry about their food. But the cup need to be placed somewhere at room temperature.
This cup will act as the habitat for the caterpillars. As the days will pass on, the kids will find these caterpillars to grow at a good pace inside the cup. Make sure to keep the plastic lid on to the cup to make the surrounding environment safe and clean for the caterpillars. Kids can watch them eat and grow inside until they are 10 times their original size.
The caterpillars would shed their skin several times before forming their body to Chrysalis. After 7-10 days you will see them making their way to the top of the cup and hang upside down as each one begin to form a Chrysalis. Chrysalis will get attached to the paper disc just below the plastic lid of the cup. Make sure not to disturb the caterpillars at this delicate stage. When all the caterpillars have completely transformed into their chrysalis, its time to move them in the cylindrical net (butterfly habitat).
The kids can make use of a safety pin or paper clip to insert the safety pin into the paper disc (with chrysalis attached to it) and than shift the paper disc to the butterfly habitat where it will be attached inside using the safety pin and hanged. The chrysalises are shifted to butterfly habitat so that when the butterflies are emerged from chrysalises they are already in their new home.
Make sure to keep the butterfly habitat at some safe place away from direct sunlight or it can be hanged from somewhere to keep away from other pets in the home. Again after 7-10 days of hanging out you will finally see the colorful butterflies in their full flow inside the habitat. The kids would simply love to keep their eyes on the project for everyday progress.
Once the butterflies are completely formed in the habitat, kids can also feed them to keep them inside the habitat for at least 3-4 days before letting them free to the open sky. To feed the butterflies kids can simply place some flowers at the floor of the habitat. Take some water in a glass and pour 2-3 spoons of sugar in it and stir it well. Make use of the dropper (supplied along with the purchase) to suck the sugar water and sprinkle over the flowers inside the habitat and that would act as the nectar for the butterflies. You will find butterflies happy and enjoying inside the habitat. After few days they can be freed to the open sky. So through this awesome biological project kids can certainly learn and understand the life cycle of a butterfly quite easily.
To know more about this science kit and if you want to buy you can go to Amazon.co.uk
If you are in USA go to Amazon.com
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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )