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Learning Laboratory: Caterpillars

Emma holds a caterpillar

Emma discovered this caterpillar while playing outside.

Johnny inspects Emma's caterpillar

Johnny came over to check it out,

Johnny and Lily admire Emma's caterpillar

And Lily soon joined them.

All three children loved this caterpillar! They built it a house, and were very sad when it was gone the next morning.

Emma's caterpillar drawing

In remembrance, Emma drew this wonderful illustration, painting with watercolors first and then outlining with a Sharpie pen. I love the hearts, and the happy smile on the caterpillar’s face. I plan to frame this picture, because it is wonderful.

Are you making nature-inspired art in your home? Please link up, along with any other learning you are enjoying!

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MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

18 thoughts on “Learning Laboratory: Caterpillars”

  1. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    MacGyver is always raising caterpillars he finds in our yard. It’s like watching a little miracle!

    That painting is fabulous. Children’s art and creativity always makes my heart smile.

  2. Two Chicks and a Hen

    Wow, I love Emma’s caterpillar art! I think we will have to try that technique. Also, unrelated–we tried the individual containers of vinegar and baking soda, and it entertained them for an hour! We only stopped because we ran out of baking soda and then, finally, it was time for nap.

    1. That is awesome!!! I’m so glad they enjoyed the vinegar and baking soda play =)

  3. we recently watched caterpillars turn into butterflies & my girls were so amazed. They never touched them though – brave girl you have there.

  4. What a great drawing. Emma is so your daughter. Anna is a lot more likely to tell the story than to draw a picture :)

    1. I don’t share Emma’s drawing ability, but we’re both more visual than verbal =)

  5. My girls are terrified of bugs, even though they’ve held a tarantula at our butterfly pavilion. They would never ever have picked up a caterpillar!

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