This has proven to be an unusually busy week. Grant it, we like to keep things simple around here, so it isn’t the running around type busy. Just extra responsibilities and deadlines. I have been getting up early just to find time to get everything done, and still I feel like I am coming up a little short.
My writing is coming up a bit short too. I have multiple posts started and none ready to go. Here’s hoping I wake up tomorrow with amazing energy to get some of them done.
Nevertheless, life with the kids is still rolling pretty much as normal. Isn’t that the life of a mom? You might have extra things added into your life, but the kids still want to live normal. So normal it is.
I thought I’d share some caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly fun we’ve been having the last few days.
Lest you think I plan these things way in advance, think again. We tend to let learning happen a little more naturally around here. And I always want to share with you things we actually do, rather than my lofty plans of things I’d like to do.
All of this started with a picture I saw on Pinterest weeks ago of the caterpillar. I made a mental note to keep my egg cartons.
The other day, the kids were a bit restless. Creative fun usually captivates them when they are like this, so out came the egg cartons and we whipped this little guy up.
We, of course, read The Very Hungry Caterpillar while helping the caterpillar eat through an entire apple. We opted only to eat the first day’s snacks. (This was an arbitrary decision by Mom. Can you imagine going through all the snacks…)
The next day, Stefan was still into all things caterpillar and butterfly related so we watched dozens (and I do mean dozens) of YouTube videos of caterpillars to cocoon (chrysalis) to butterflies. Stefan was fascinated. So was I. So glad people video these things.
What’s a mom to say?
And now we clearly know the stages of the metamorphosis of the butterfly (not that I’ve quizzed him, but I have only heard it a few dozen times). We watched it in action (on video anyway, but I really want to get this sometime). We had some creative fun.
The kids are still playing with their things and talking about the different stages, hanging the caterpillar upside down off random objects (“He’s getting ready to make his chrysalis, Mom”), and in general having a good time.
That’s what learning looks like in our home. Or is it play?
Do you like to learn through play in your home?