Over the past weeks (if you follow me on Snapchat @doitonadime or watched my family vlog) you’ve seen us share about our butterfly garden and what a beautiful learning tool it has been for Carson.
So many of you have sent me snaps and messages asking where I got the kit and if I would recommend it. Wholeheartedly YES! It makes a great birthday present on a budget (just $18) and is a perfect teaching tool for kids of any age.
You buy the full kit that comes with a butterfly tent, a feeding tube, and instructions for hatching butterflies from caterpillars. The caterpillars are free and you just pay $5 do have them shipped to your door.
Ours arrived in a couple of days with all the food they need to survive until they turn into a chrysalis. Then, transfer your chrysalis to the butterfly garden, wait for them to hatch, feed them fruit and flowers, and finally release them.
The entire process takes about 3 weeks. If it’s 55 degrees or warmer in your area for the foreseeable future, this would be a great adventure to start with your kids!
A few tips we learned along the way:
- When our 5 caterpillars arrived, it looked like some of them were dead. They are just very inactive after shipping and bounce right back after a couple days when they start eating.
- Insect Lore guarantees that 3/5 caterpillars will become butterflies or your money back. All 5 of ours hatched.
- The butterflies prefer fruit to sugar water. We fed ours oranges and apples.
- They will crawl right on your finger when you release them, so don’t miss out on this experience!
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