Chrysalides are a good intro to butterflies, since all you have to do to keep them is pop them into the butterfly barn, then walk by them every now and then, thinking, "Nope... nope... nope... nope... BUTTERFLY!!!"
Fortunately, each chrysalis hatched open upon its own timetable, giving us plenty of time to identify, research the order of classification, and sketch each butterfly--
--and then set each one free:
|We really like this good-sized butterfly barn.|
We're still working on butterfly anatomy, and the butterfly life cycle, and we've got some painted lady butterfly chrysalides in the butterfly barn right now, but here are the butterfly and caterpillar resources that we've been enjoying so far:
I'm also using several ideas from my Homeschool Unit Study: Butterflies pinboard and several videos from the free Discovery Education Streaming promotion over at
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I'm going to be SUPER sad when that promotion ends, by the way.