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Learning & Growing Through Play

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Boy wearing Bug Goggles

Learning & Growing Through Play: Eventually, if you do your job right, your dependents spread their wings and fly. This applies to parenting as much as it applies to nature; one of my favourite posts ever has to be Roots and Wings which pretty much sums up my approach to being a mother.

But this week my son was the ‘parent’ who got to watch his offspring fly the nest as our butterflies transformed via the miracle of metamorphosis. They started as caterpillars, grew big, became chrysalides, then emerged as butterflies after a 4 week project. They have now flown off to conquer the world! Here is our video of the project:

We were sent the Live Butterfly Garden to review thanks to the Natural History Museum Shop. It costs £20 and within that price you get 5 caterpillars and food to get you started but you have to mail off for these – they don’t come in the box!

It was a wonderful project to do together and helped show the cycle of life. My son wants to do it again immediately but we are holding off as you really need to be sure to have a clear schedule for this project. It takes approximately 4 weeks from start to finish and some of your chrysalides may transform before others – once they do, you become responsible for feeding them so you really need to be around and not away for a weekend break when they ‘hatch’!

We release our butterflies

Bugs and creatures are a bit of a theme lately as we also got some Buzzerks Bug Goggles from the Natural History Museum Shop to review too! With the ant goggles you can look like a bug, see like a bug! They have special hinged prismatic lenses that flip forward for true compound-eye vision just like real bugs! Here is my son modelling!

Boy wearing Bug Goggles

These goggles would make a nice gift for a child’s birthday party. At £8 they won’t break the bank but the packaging is also a nice size to take wrapped up for a gift! They are suitable for ages 4+ but at 7 years old my boy enjoyed them!

Learning through play and experience is the best way to learn, so as far as educational toys go, I was pleased with these products. Let me know if you try either of them yourself with the kids in the comments!

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Comments to Learning & Growing Through Play

  • Aw bless him! He looks like he’s having such a great time!

    Laura 20th July 2015 11:48 am Reply
    • He’s noticing nature a lot more now for sure – he commented today that he’d spotted a white butterfly near our house!

      Nadine Hill 20th July 2015 7:54 pm Reply
  • We’ve grown silk worms from tiny caterpillers, to larvae, to the moths they become and it was great fun to do. I love those goggles too!

    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo 20th July 2015 6:31 pm Reply
    • My son really loved the project, I would never have thought to do it myself until we were offered the Live Butterfly Garden! Your silk worms sound fascinating.

      Nadine Hill 20th July 2015 7:52 pm Reply
  • With my daughter having problems play is so important for her and the learning factors.

    Hannah Wood (staveley) 20th July 2015 9:30 pm Reply
  • I keep saying I’m going to get the butterfly kit but haven’t got round to it yet, My kids would absolutely love to watch them grow! Love the sound of the goggles, my little Bug would love them x

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 21st July 2015 9:28 am Reply
  • Lovely to see the lifecycle of butterflies, they are such interesting and beautiful creatures to observe. I hope these sets inspire some future ecologists 🙂

    sam@happyhomebird 21st July 2015 10:16 am Reply
  • Gosh that mask is quite scary isn’t it x

    Rachel 22nd July 2015 10:27 am Reply
  • We loved our Butterfly World and did the paid caterpillar version and then found some caterpillars in the wild which turned out to be cabbage whites. Now on the hunt for some more

    Kara 22nd July 2015 10:29 am Reply
  • My son did this project at school this year and he hasn’t talking about it! That first sentence of your post just sums up patenting beautifully.

    VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood 24th July 2015 1:58 pm Reply
  • I can’t wait ti learn about this when I move to year 1 x

    Ninjacat 29th July 2015 1:39 pm Reply

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