Annual Butterfly Release Teaches Children Cycle of Life
Each class takes a group of larvae and puts them in a small basket surrounded with netting. During the first week the larvae almost double in size every day. They soon become caterpillars and then each one spins its own chrysalis. After a few weeks, butterflies emerge and flutter around inside the net.
“It’s a good science activity,” says Christy Massey, Lead Teacher in the 2-year-old class. “You can read a book to the children, but until they see it with their own eyes, I don’t think they make that connection.”