I love to take the girls to the Butterfly Place. They love it there. I did a trip review of it last year.. We have taken two trips this year already. Both trips we saw and did different things. You never know what you will see on a trip there.
Out first trip we saw a lot of different caterpillars and the painted ladies. The area was very open and you could see the mini quail running around. You had to watch you step for them. There small tropical birds were flying around as well. It was open and you saw a lot of the area. The fish pond was easy for all of them to see into.
We went close to the end of the day and saw a lot of the butterfly resting. There was some nice flowers put in the room. We were told someone was having a wedding that day. While in our hour stay they turned up the heat and the butterflies started to move. It was great to see. The girls loved it.
On our second trip we compared the group of the flower bushes and the butterflies that we saw. We asked if they had any Atlas Moths yet, but did they not have any hatch yet. The hatching area was full of fun surprises. The girls loved seeing the monarch caterpillars. It was great to see so many different changes. We also watch a butterfly hatch in the containment area.
Inside was also a lot different. We had a different selection of butterflies flying around. The girls love that. The mini quail were harder to see but still moving around. We found out that the quail already had some eggs and were getting ready for the next set.
The real surprise of the visit was Rose saying a butterfly looked like it was going to lay some eggs. It is something she has wanted to see for a while. But I was not sure it was going to happen. Sure enough it did. We got to watch a Owl Butterfly lay three eggs. It was amazing to watch. The butterfly’s wing were shaking a lot during the whole process and wrinkled a bit. The girls just loved to watch it. They got almost everyone in the room to come watch. It was something they will always remember. If we had not had the second trip we would have missed it.
These are some of the books we have been reading this weekend as we talked about our visits.
Fly, Monarch! Fly! is a fun book about visiting a butterfly place and hunting for all the items. You are learn about butterflies. It was a Amazon deal book that I bought for the girls. We have really enjoyed it.
My, Oh My–A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library) is a great Dr Seuss book. The girls love all the books in this series. Your explore the world of butterflies and have a fun rhyming time at the same time. I always love the details they manage to put into these books.
A Butterfly Grows (Green Light Readers Level 2) is a nice easy reader. It has great color pictures that follows a monarch caterpillar to become a monarch butterfly. It has some questions at the end of the book to see how well they read the book as well. I love books that have questions because some times I can’t think of what I would ask.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) is a great book about Painted Ladies! It is fun to watch the whole life cycle of this one butterfly. It is a great resource for watching caterpillars become butterflies. The painted Lady is the one butterfly that is easy to also get through the mail.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Lifecycles) is a great book that goes more into detail about the life cycle of the butterfly. It shows how caterpillars can protect them selves and now might eat them. It also have great art work of the various stages with many different kinds of butterflies shown. I like that is has the ups and downs of the life cycle.
A Butterfly Is Patient is a great book that show cases the many different colors of the butterfly. I like the art work and makes a great circle time book.
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies is a level 3 reader. It has great information about the great migration of the monarch butterflies.
Monarch Butterfly is by Gail Gibbons. I love her non-fiction books that she puts out on the various subjects. She shows you start to finish of the monarch butterfly and the book also has information about raising a monarch butterfly.
I hope that you enjoy the books and learning about butterflies!
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