We went to Kew Gardens yesterday and had such a lovely day. We are an annual pass holders but don’t go there often enough (there is simply not enough hours in a day!). In the ideal world I would like to pick up one or two local parks and go there often enough throughout the year to be able to spot the different patterns throughout the seasons. Easier said than done as I find myself looking for an indoor activities/ theatres/ concert halls as soon as the temperature drops below 14 degrees.
I have recently started to think that all my ‘I love nature’ projects are very much ‘summer and theory based’ activities and perhaps I should try harder to embark on similar throughout the year (note to myself: Do not scream when you see a spider. Try to calm yourself and then call the children and ask them to study a beautiful silky web and if feeling brave enough his ‘looovely’ hairy legs 😉 followed by Google facts and interesting stories – that is all in an ‘ideal’ world remember!).
Arthur has been asking (read: nagging me) to get live catepillars which I finally did for a second year running. It is a brilliant project and it really connects these little minds with the nature but the stage when catepillars are ‘fat’ (I cannot think of any other word describing it better!) looks gruesome (another note: say ‘interesting’ while talking to children ;-)). So I got it under condition that he keep them in his bedroom so he can ‘keep a close eye on them’. I remember last year we had them present on our dining table for most of the time and it really put me off from our family meals (sadly hasn’t lost any weight as a result??? hmm…).
So the stage has come when they need to be transferred from the small jar into the butterfly garden (which is basically a small net with a lid) which entails taking them out and gently (and bravely!) moving across. The children are expecting me to take care of this job this afternoon. I just need to make sure they are ‘busy enough’ with their after school activities (thanks god for karate!) to forget about it for a while until… their brave daddy and my saviour husband walks in! 😉
Half joking half serious 😉 but all in all it is a great fun and together with ‘Live Cycle Stages’ models and Usborne book on ‘Catepillars and Buterflies’ it makes a great nature project for any child any age.
I wonder what our next Insect Lore project is going to be (and so is Arthur!). I shall stay away from stick insects for the time being (…) but there is still a great selection to chose from (for less brave ;-)) i.e. ladybirds, ants, snails and worms (right…). So snails that is! 😉
Insect Lore Butterfly Garden: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Insect-Lore-01010-Butterfly-Garden/dp/B00000ISC5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443438974&sr=8-1&keywords=insect+lore
Live Cycle Stages Butterfly: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Insect-Lore-04760-Stages-Butterfly/dp/B000099Z95/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1443438913&sr=8-6&keywords=insect+lore
Usborne Beginners ‘Catepillars and Butetrflies‘ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Caterpillars-Butterflies-Beginners-Stephanie-Turnbull/dp/0794503780/ref=sr_1_sc_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443439091&sr=8-2-spell&keywords=usborne+catepillars+and+butterflies