Spring has arrived in our kitah and so have our caterpillars! They are in a small plastic container and they are so small. We actually took a ruler and measured them. They measured 1/2 of an inch. We looked at a ruler and we saw where the number one was. That is one inch. We read everyone’s favorite book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It is a very colorful book with bold pictures about how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. We discussed that this process is called a metamorphosis. Such a long word but a very important one! We looked at real pictures of caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies. Our caterpillars are brown but other caterpillars are green and black and some are even yellow.
As the days pass we see our caterpillars are getting bigger! The yeladim were given rulers with which to measure. They loved counting up to twelve (inches) as well. They measured the caterpillars and observed that they are more than half an inch! They actually grew in one day! They must be eating a lot!
While some yeladim were measuring, others were looking at a real butterfly. They observed all the beautiful colors on it using magnifying glasses. After observing and measuring we read another adorable book called The Butterfly by Anna Milbourne and Cathy Shimmen. Spring REALLY has arrived!
There are four stages of the life cycle of a caterpillar. The egg is laid on a leaf. Out of the egg comes a caterpillar that is very hungry! Once he gets big and fat he makes a chrysalis for himself and sleeps for two weeks. This is where the metamorphosis happens! Then out pops a beautiful butterfly!
We started a project to illustrate these four stages. We first glued a white Pom Pom on a green foam leaf. (EGG). Then we painted a rotini pasta (CATERPILLAR). Our third stage is that the caterpillar makes a chrysalis. We painted a pasta shell brown. It really looks like a chrysalis. We will continue the fourth stage next week.
On Tuesday we were able to paint the other side of our sculpture base. Now the sculpture that we made in Tzfat is ready to be glued on the base.