Caterpillars on a Branch

Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies.


They feed almost exclusively on plants. The plants that caterpillars eat are called host plants.


A caterpillar may spend its entire lifetime on one host plant, as he consumes the leaves needed to sustain him within his cocoon. To help foster your little one’s understanding of the caterpillar diet, we constructed our very own habitats!


Using clothespins with pictures of caterpillar cocoons on them, and branches that were fastened to the trees in our front play yard, we helped our creatures find a spot for their metamorphosis.


Collaborative learning projects enable your little one to develop valuable social skills as they grasp new vocabulary. Through hands-on experimenting with natural materials, your little one was able to exchange ideas with their friends, working together to better understand the world around them. The squeezing of the clothespins also helped your little one with their fine motor skills as it strengthened the tiny muscles in their hands.


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