In the light of the moon…


…a little egg lay on a leaf. Sound familiar? Oh, it does to me! I’ve been reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a few years now. It was the first book that we read to Boo as a baby, and it quickly became a favourite, so, among many others, she had this one read to her every single day. Little Man still has it sometimes now, too. It’d be fair to say that we’re familiar with it here! Which makes it appropriate as the basis for this month’s picture book related activity, following on from last month’s Zoe and Beans post.

the very hungry caterpillar

We read stacks and stacks of books here. I like to think that as well as enjoying them, the kids are learning from them. But then I like to build on any learning by actually experiencing and seeing it, wherever possible. And so, if little eggs turn into caterpillars, then turn into butterflies, then off to a butterfly house we will go…

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butterfly house 1

butterfly house

butterfly house 3

Boo and I talkedย about the life cycle and the beautiful butterflies all the way round. There were plenty of gasps coming from her, as they flew around us, and she spotted different ones landing all over the pretty flowers and shrubs. Of course, she’s seen butterflies before, but never this many, and we saw the little chrysalis’ as we went in, so it worked perfectly for our chat.

It was a lovely trip. Oh, apart from Little Man freaking out about the swooping creatures – yep, that part wasn’t as good, so daddy whisked him out of there pretty quickly!

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