Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Butterflies and a Freebie

FREEBIE and some butterfly pictures!

We have had so much fun with our butterflies, especially since we found them in our garden...for FREE!  There was a bit of a scare there since I thought that they might be gypsy moths, which destroy your garden!  However, I am happy to say that we have 5 BEAUTIFUL Morning Cloak butterflies!

It is always such a magical experience to see them change from caterpillars to butterflies!  There is always so much talk going on in our home about the process of becoming a butterfly and it never seems to get old.

We released 2 of our butterflies today and it was amazing!

Audrey was so careful to be gentle with the butterfly as she removed it from the net...

For just a brief magical moment, she was able to hold her butterfly on her finger!  Such a precious memory!

Before her eyes, he fluttered away.  He is the black spot on the top part of the picture.  It happened so fast that I almost didn't' capture it!

It is the simple things in life that create such fun and precious memories!
Sophia wants to hold her butterflies tomorrow:) 

We took our learning to the next level by observing our butterflies and drawing the details.  It was a great way to pay attention to details.  

After closely examining our butterflies, Audrey colored hers to match.

Carefully cut the butterfly out and fold along the body to give a nice crease.  Attach a clothespin with some glue.  We even used a glue stick and that worked fine.

I added our beautiful butterflies to a branch from one of our trees.  We are all so happy with how they turned out!  A simple craft, but such fun and effective learning!

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Jill said...

I loved this post. I think butterflies are fascinating. Such sweet pictures.

Jessica said...

I love your pictures! You are so creative, I love your ideas.

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Haley said...

How precious! I know my 2nd graders would love to do this next spring when we study butterflies!

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Tamara L. Chilver said...

Love the photos Annie! My kids have used that kit for years :) Hey, I was thinking about you this morning because our ladybugs came that I ordered after reading your ladybug post. We will be having fun today with them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jackie said...

Thanks for sharing this lovely butterfly printable. We raised caterpillars/butterflies last summer with the kids and they truly enjoyed it.

Mrs. McKown said...

Thanks for the FREEBIE! Paige will love it! As always, your girls are soooo adorable! Hope all is going well!

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Fern Smith said...

What a terrific freebie! Thank you for sharing this at TBA and linking up!
I've pinned it too!
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Tina said...

I just loved this post, Annie! I have been a bit hesitant to even think about doing such a unit as I don't cope well with anything creepy, crawly, or even butterfly-like :S But the way your pics have captured such amazing moments may have just changed my mind! If I get to stay with my class next term, I think I might be brave enough to give it a go! Thank you so much for sharing:) Hope you are having a wonderful week so far ~ xx

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