Butterfly Garden Kit

Butterfly Garden Kit

butterfly garden

A Butterfly Garden Kit: Fun with Science

This Grandma loves to introduce nature to her grandchildren every chance she gets. Have you considered a butterfly garden kit that lets you grow your own butterflies with your grandchildren or your children for that matter? I just ordered two kits for two of my granddaughters so that we can do that very thing. It will seem like a game to the girls but it really is a great educational opportunity with them too. Watching the miracle of caterpillars transforming into a beautiful butterfly gets me every time and I know the girls will love it too.

butterfly garden kit

The habitat for the growing of the butterflies is re-usable so that makes this kit economical. You can always order more caterpillars to make more butterflies in the future.

There are complete instructions with the feeder that is included with the Insect Lore Butterfly Kit. (paid link) One thing you will have to do after the kit arrives is order the caterpillars with the voucher that is included in the box. There is a $5.00 processing fee with that order.

What I love about the Live Butterfly Garden kit is that the children get to see every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle. From larvae to fully grown butterflies in about 10 days is pretty incredible when you think about it. I love the hands on idea and the fact that the kids really feel involved with the entire process.  I also like the idea that even though we are going to do our little science project early this summer, we can order more caterpillars and try it again later in the summer. An additional bonus is new Painted Ladies butterflies in my backyard.

One thing that I noticed about this kit is that the outside temperatures should be above 55 degrees in order to release the fully grown butterflies from the habitat. A really cool piece of information is that we don’t have to grow our own butterflies in the warm months. That is right, the girls and I can do this in the winter inside the house. We just keep the fully grown butterflies in the habitat for their life cycle which is usually two to four weeks.

I also ordered the book From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1) (paid link) to help the girls understand about the metamorphosis of the butterfly, they are never too young to start learning about science especially if they think they are playing.

~In the Garden of life…Grandma is the butterfly~

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Lalaloopsy Doll – A Fun Gift Idea

Lalaloopsy Doll – A Fun Gift Idea

Dolls Are Always A good gift choice

Has your little one asked for a Lalaloopsy doll? These fun little dolls are perfect gifts from Grandmas, Moms, Aunts and friends  any time of the year.  The Lalaloopsy dolls are rag dolls with personality plus. You see they were made from certain fabrics that define how they will be when they magically become real during playtime.

lalaloopsy doll

Lalaloopsy Bea Spells-a-Lot  (paid link) was created on Dictionary Day or October 16th from the fabric of a school girl’s uniform. She stands about 13 inches tall. Because this Lalaloopsy doll was cut from the cloth of a girl with an education, she can be a real “smarty pants” but she always follows the rules. Her one fault is that she likes to talk a lot. Her wanting to learn as much as she can caused her to choose an owl for her pet.

Find a Lalaloopsy Doll that you love

Bea has several friends who live with her in Lalaloopsy Land.

  • Lalaloopsy Crumbs Sugar Cookie (paid link) created on National Cookie Day
  • Spot Splatter Splash created on International Artist Day
  • Lalaloopsy Mittens Fluff ‘n Stuff  (paid link) was made on the first day of winter.
  • Pillow Feather Bed the Lalaloopsy doll was created on Festival of Sleep Day.
  • Peanut Big Top created on April’s Fool Day.
  • Jewel Sparkles created on Jewels Day.
  • Dot Starlight created on 1st Man On The Moon Day.
  • Berry Jars N Jam created on Old Farmers Day.
  • Blossom Flowerpot created on Earth Day (and my birthday!).
  • Tippy Tumblelina created on Feb 2 (2/2 her favorite dress).
  • Sunny Sideup created on Old Farmers Day.
  • Patch Treasurechest created on Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Each doll has a pet of their very own and there are outfits that you can purchase for the dolls to have a change of clothing. The eyes are made with buttons so there is a possible choking hazard for children under the age of 3.

There are also mini dolls if you do not wish to have the 13 inch dolls. The little dolls only stand about 3 inches tall so they would not take up a lot of room. Personally, I like the ones that are considered large (just a little longer than a ruler) for little girls and boys to play with. You can also find some adorable Lalaloopsy dolls that are crocheted. (paid link) Now, anyone who knows me will know that I do love the crocheted ones a lot! The crocheted dolls are typically around 11 inches tall and are so very cute!

I just love these little dolls and plan to get at least one each for my granddaughters for their Birthdays this year. I love that they look like they were homemade and are a simple ragdoll that can be loved and inspire imagination. You will find them online at Amazon by clicking on one of my links above. They are also sold at WalMart, Target, and ToysRUs.

~In the Cookies of Life…Grandmas are the chocolate chips~

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