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Growing & Wonder Kit

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Growing and Wonder Kit
Wonder, learning and care for our Earth in action!
 
A daycare center favorite (formerly called "Butterflies, Seeds & Cottage"). Children nurture tiny caterpillars and sprout seeds, caring for both until their maturation as beautiful butterflies and striking sunflowers. An unforgettable, hands-on learning experience.
 
Includes:
  • Cup of 3-5 Painted Lady Butterfly Caterpillars (with food and paper layer)
  • Disposable, paper butterfly cottage
  • Full color lifecycle poster with care information
  • Sunflower Challenge (Every Seed Counts book, 25 seed packs and instructions)
  • Additional sunflower and butterfly information and activities available for download FREE on this website.

Tiny butterfly caterpillars arrive in their own cup, complete with food, paper cover and ventilated plastic lid. Watch the caterpillars eat and grow, grow, grow! Once they have reached full size, caterpillars will migrate to the top of their cup, hang from the paper and form beautiful chrysalises. Gently remove the perforated plastic lid, peel back the paper layer with attached chrysalises and lift away from the cup. Use tape or a piece of wire (an unfolded paper clip or trash bag twist tie work well) to hang paper with chrysalises from the wall of the paper butterfly house. One by one, chrysalises will slowly open to reveal a new butterfly emerging! New butterflies will slowly open their wings to dry; red pigment may drip to the floor of the mesh house. Once you see butterflies actively flying around the mesh house, you may feed and keep them up to a week or release immediately. It’s warm enough for them outside once daily temperatures reach at least 55 degrees F.

Our Sunflower Challenge comes with 25 individual seed packets and instructions for sprouting seeds right in your classroom. Create pots from cups, newspaper, egg cartons or pop-up seed starters. Plant your seeds, watch them sprout, observe as they grow and then transplant to larger pots or outdoor garden areas. Send a seed packet home with each child so they can try to grow sunflowers from seed to bloom over the summer. Children are invited to submit a picture of themselves with their blooming plants. Earth's Birthday Project sends back a prize. It's our way of saying "Thanks for being kind so kind to our Earth!”

 
Availability: Can be shipped March through October, while seed supply lasts.
For instructions on how to care for your butterfly caterpillars, view or download:
 
 
For instructions on how to start seeds in the classroom and participate in the Sunflower Challenge, view or print:
 
Ready to learn more about butterflies and sunflowers? Get your students reading, observing, counting, writing and drawing with these free downloads.
 
What do we call the different parts of a butterfly? What stages does the butterfly go through on its journey from caterpillar to flying insect? This comprehensive resource serves as a study guide and worksheet for older children and as a reference for those developing curriculum for younger children.
Learn all the parts of your butterflies! Just the anatomy worksheet and key.
Observe and record your butterfly caterpillar growing, growing, growing! A single-sheet chart for noting date and measurements.
Watch those caterpillars eat and grow! A single-sheet for recording caterpillar growth.
What stages does a butterfly go through on its journey from a tiny egg to a beautiful, flying insect? Here’s all the information you need to teach the lifecycle, plus a cut-and-color worksheet for older children. Have younger children in your classroom? Go to the FUN STUFF tab and download the 5 page “Butterfly Lifecycle Coloring Book” instead!
Learn all the parts of your sunflowers, from seed to bloom! Worksheet and key.
A great group of sunflower seed activities, appropriate for all ages.
Students build their observation skills by looking closely at sunflower seeds and recording their observations.
Students build their observation skills by looking closely at sunflower sprouts and recording their observations.
Here are some fun things to do while you study your butterflies and sunflowers!
 
Don't just read a book... make your own! Color, cut and fold. Then share with friends and family.
A single-sheet coloring template. Download and print multiple copies. Students can draw the colors and patterns they observe on their adult butterflies – or, they can get creative and draw butterflies they might like to see!
Now that you've been learning about butterflies, you can learn and sing this song. Share with friends and family!
What’s a word scramble? A fun way to work with letters! Instructions and templates for printing out the words CATERPILLAR and BUTTERFLIES. Students cut out letters, then see how many smaller words they can form from the vowels and consonants available. If you have older students, challenge them to make sentences as well!
Don't just read a book... make your own! Color, cut and fold. Then share with friends and family.
A sheet just for coloring fun.
What’s a word scramble? A fun way to work with letters! Instructions and template for printing out the word SUNFLOWERS. Students cut out letters, then see how many smaller words they can form from the vowels and consonants available. If you have older students, challenge them to make sentences as well!
Sunflowers can inspire you to sing, dance and even do a little stretch! A nice way to introduce something a little different to your classroom.
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