For the past few weeks we have been studying caterpillars with our nature study curriculum, Exploring Nature With Children. I have to say, this has been one of the most exciting subjects to study (for all of us).
Along with our curriculum, here are some of the other resources we used:
Anatomy of a Caterpillar Craft with Homemade Playdough
Since we couldn’t find any real caterpillars for a hands-on study, we made one! Here is the video we watched for instructions on how to make a Swallowtail Caterpillar out of playdough.
We then used a small chalkboard to label the parts of the caterpillar.
Have you tried homemade playdough before? I just recently became a believer and will never go back to the store bought stuff! My boys played for hours after we made the caterpillar craft, literal hours.
Here is the recipe I used (taken from @wovenchildhood on Instagram):
- 2 Cups White Flour
- 1 Cup Iodized Salt
- 3 Tbs Cream of Tartar
- 1 1/2 Tbs Vegetable Oil
- 2 Cups Boiling Water
- Food coloring (optional)
- Essential oils (optional, for an extra sensory element)
- Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl
- Carefully add in oil and hot water
- Add 10-20 drops of essential oil of your choosing (we added lemon EO)
- Stir together until blended
- Add food coloring, then stir again
- Knead and sprinkle a little more flour until your preferred consistency
Caterpillar and Butterfly Free Printables
Here’s another fun, hands-on craft we found for teaching kids about the butterfly life cycle and metamorphosis.
What better way to study caterpillars than to observe them in real life? We’ve ordered this butterfly kit from Amazon before to grow and release our own butterflies and it was an incredible experience! (Sadly, we didn’t get to it this year)
Caterpillar Unit Study and Life Cycle Picture Books
**You can probably find most of these at your local library, but we try to add our favorites to the shelf, because ALWAYS more books!**
Summer Birds – The Butterflies of Maria Merian (so fascinating!)
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