July 29, 2010

Flutter Fantasy

Having given up all hope that the temperatures will ever drop below 90 here in Virginia, we braved the heat and headed to the "Flutter Fantasy" exhibit at our local botanical garden. Here the girls could walk amongst the butterflies...

and hunt for caterpillars.

E was thrilled to be able to hold the creepy-crawlies.

And A enjoyed making one of her own!

This Pipe Cleaner Caterpillar craft is simple, quick, and doesn't require a lot of supplies. Simple give each child three pipe cleaners and a pencil. Wrap two of the pipe cleaners around the pencil tightly to form the caterpillars body. Coil the third pipe cleaner around the end of the pencil, leaving about an inch at the end. Stick the straight end inside the caterpillar body to create its antennae.

Our favorite butterfly books:
(Click on the title to read my review and see other craft ideas.)

Lois Ehlert

Waiting for Wings 

Kjell B Sandved

The Butterfly Alphabet

Eric Carle

Very Hungry Caterpillar

I'm linking up to:
- stART @ A Mommy's Adventures


  1. Oh I love how simple and sweet this is!

  2. Great pics of the butterfly, and caterpillar!

  3. PS. I left a comment on your doll house post...how long did it take to make? With all the effort I'm hesitant...my gifts are not usually the favorites around here.

  4. I've been wanting to take my kids to a blooming butterflies exhibit at a nearby gardens. Your trip looks like so much fun. My daughter's favorite butterfly book is Fly, Monarch, Fly.

    By the way, I did read your review of City Dog, Country Frog. It was impressive timing because we had just checked out the book from the library a couple days before your review. We actually finished our frog rocks last week but I didn't have time to post in time for stART.

  5. What a lovely post on Butterflies! Great that you explored them outdoors.Really making the most of the summer. And what a lovely catterpillar!!

    Great Post!


  6. The butterfly shot is gorgeous, and I love your caterpillars. I'll have to show this idea to Batman, and maybe he'll expand his pipecleaner creation repertoire.

  7. Great photography and a wonderful day out too!

  8. I love that craft. Last summer, we visited two butterfly houses (one in upstate NY and one in RI) and my children loved the experiences.

  9. Oh wow what a great way to spend the day! I would love to see if we have something like that around here. Those are some of our favorite butterfly books too. Thank you for linking up to stART!!

  10. I'm going to show this to my girls in the morning - they'll love your little caterpillar. Your girls might like our butterfly http://nurturestore.co.uk/butterfly-mobile

  11. What a great craft and a beautiful trip. We also love butterfly books. Percival, A Beautiful Butterfly is one of our favorites.

  12. What a great place to go for a field trip! I love the caterpillar.

  13. Oh what a cute little caterpillar! And that sounds like a fun place to learn about butterflies!

  14. A simple sweet way to beat the heat...or at least "deal" with it...maybe...

  15. There is a place like this near me appropriately named the Butterfly Place. It is so fun to explore!

  16. We went to a butterfly exhibit just a few weeks back and my girls LOVED it. Your pictures are amazing.

  17. We have a butterfly exhibit here to and all the butterflies wanted to land on my son, he loved it! What a fun time for your girls! : )


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