Saturday, April 30, 2016

Make Your Own Butterfly Hatcheries

Even though I teach intermediate students, they are still fascinated by seeing any animal go through its life cycle.  We have painted lady caterpillars in our classroom right now.  They came to us as tiny larvae (caterpillars) and they have now each formed a chrysalis.  I decided to have each student create their very own place for the chrysalis to hatch.  It was actually really easy!

Materials (for each student):

4 empty milk cartons (we collected them in the lunchroom)
masking tape
a piece of felt
a piece of tulle
4 craft sticks
2 bamboo skewers
paper clips

This is what they finished hatcheries look like...

The chrysalis is secured to the bamboo skewers (which are located in the middle).  The four craft sticks are placed on the corners and then the tulle is wrapped around it and tied at the top with yarn.  Paper clips are used to secure the tulle to the craft sticks if there are any holes/gaps.

Here is a close up view of the finished hatchery.  A sponge of sugar water in a petri dish can be added once the butterflies have hatched.  The butterflies may even lay eggs on the tulle and you can start the process over again!

UPDATE!  They hatched!  The kids were SO excited!


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  2. I did a very similar butterfly habitat with 3rd graders. Their challenge was to make a hanging habitat. I would definitely use clothespins instead of paperclips. We had many butterflies that managed to get stuck on the paperclips! I would love to connect with more Ohio teachers in 3rd-5th since our standards are Ohio based.

  3. That is a great idea, Holly! I will have to remember that for next year!


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