I had another environmental outing for our Early Childhood PTA group this morning. We all met at a local park to learn about bugs, caterpillars, and butterflies. We read Eric Carle's classic book, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and learned about how caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies and I passed around some plastic pieces representing each of the stages of a butterfly from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. Then we listened to a local environmentalist who told us about all of the different kinds of caterpillars and butterflies we might find in our area. Each child even got their own caterpillar and butterfly toy to take home with them.
We had a good turn out despite the cold weather and recent rain. But we were all happy to step away from the pavillion area and out into the warm sun on the playground once the talk was over. Rachel still can't do much at playgrounds but this girl does love the swings!