Raising Butterflies: Butterfly Kits for Children
The Educational Experience of Raising Butterflies
5 yr-old Dwight Smith of Beach Park, Illinois reared Painted Lady Butterflies with a butterfly kit.
Parents are always looking for the most unusual, interesting gifts to give their kids that the children will love to receive and that they can learn from. Raising butterflies is truly an educational experience that every child will want to do over and over again. You can take the kids on a hike to search for butterfly eggs and collect them, then make a home for them so you can observe their development. OR you can make it easy on yourself and buy butterfly kits for children to raise Painted Lady Butterflies (although the hike to find the eggs in their natural habitat is a good idea, too, just don't collect them).
The educational experience of raising butterflies is something that your children will never forget. They will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly because they will watch the transformation day by day from the small caterpillar state all the way through the metamorphosis to a butterfly. Be sure to watch each stage of butterfly development carefully. You may observe how the caterpillar eats and moves, and how it changes features and perhaps color as it grows. Check on the pupa often so you can release the adult outside soon after it emerges. If it drops below 55 degrees during the day where you live, you can keep the adults inside for their lifespan on 2-4 weeks. These kits come with directions and supplies to keep the adult butterflies. Order butterflies online (below) from one of the largest butterfly kit suppliers in the country. We like Nature Gift Store, who specializes in Painted Lady butterfly kits for children. Ages 4+.