Book: Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr.
Flannel Rhyme: Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar
Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar
Into a garden did creep
And spun himself a blanket
Then fell fast asleep
Fuzzy, wuzzy caterpillar
Woke up by and by
To find he had wings of beauty
For he had changed into a butterfly!
Book: The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain
Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Pop-Up Book by Eric Carle
Craft: Butterfly Life Cycle Wheel
Source: Kiz Club
Summary: I decided to take the plunge this summer and raise Painted Lady butterflies. A patron recommended I get them from Insect Lore. I was nervous about the safety of the caterpillars since there did not seem to be a safe place to put them. Our children’s room is set off to the side in an unmonitored space. After some staff debate, we decided to set the butterfly habitat on a display case in front of our circulation desk. The staff keeps an eye on little (and big) hands. I do not have children, but feel some of the pangs of motherhood, as I constantly check on the butterfly larvae to make sure they are hitting their developmental stages on time.
The caterpillars made an appearance in preschool storytime. This was a perfect time to introduce new vocabulary words and science concepts. I printed the words “Egg/Caterpillar/Chrysalis/Butterfly” on our whiteboard and we discussed the butterfly metamorphosis process.
All the books worked well with this theme. I knew many of the children were familiar with The Very Hungry Caterpillar so I decided to make it interactive by having the children place the food on the magnetic board when I came to its place in the story. I like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I still feel conflicted reading it in storytime due to the use of the word “cocoon” instead of “chrysalis.” I read Eric Carle’s explanation on his website, but I still have my doubts. I also still really like the book.