Another Tuesday Flutters-By

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It was a fun butterfly party at our last Toddler Tuesday. We sang a song about the lifecycle of a butterfly.    We used different shape pasta to represent the different stages of a butterfly.  Israeli couscous for eggs, spiral noodles for catepillar, shells for the chrysalis (cocoon) and bow tie pasta for the butterfly.

 

butterfly lifecycle

We read a fun story about a butterfly called Glasswings- A Butterfly’s Story by Elisa Kleven.  This is a great story because it teaches the niches that different insects play in a flower garden.  The glasswing is the pollinator; the ladybug controls the pests; the ants till the soil; and the pigeon scatters the seeds.

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Nature is so AMAZING!  Check out this gorgeous butterfly for real:

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We ended this fun class with a craft butterfly to take home.  I love these tie-dyed butterfly finger puppets.

tye dye butterfly

The final results:

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It is spring break all month long so don’t forget to sign up early, our classes book up this time of year.

Next week, March 18th, we are feeding the sheep!  We will study all about wool just in time for Oatland’s annual Sheep to Shawl Festival!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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