We haven't done a small world set-up in a while and I had a lot of fun preparing this butterfly one. (Possibly more than Kay had playing with it, but that will be our little secret!)
Kay has been all about butterflies since she came home from school with an "All About Butterflies" book that she wrote and illustrated herself. Now she tells us about them all the time and wants to look up photographs of them online. So a butterfly small world seemed like a perfect fit.
I started out with some grass from our needs-to-be-mowed yard. I thought it would add for a bit of authenticity, as well as being the most frugal thing I could think of!
I also added in some pebbles (from the Dollar Tree), some clear water beads (to act as caterpillar eggs), and some plastic butterflies, of course. And, since it's summer, I put water in half the bin. (Hey, even butterflies need to drink, right?) I put a toy outside of the grass end of the bin so that the water would stay down the other end.
All that was needed was...a caterpillar. Hmm. Oh, a pipe cleaner! Perfect! (There's also a pretend play lettuce leaf in there, but in this case it's playing the part of just a leaf. Let's hear it for imagination!)
The thing I loved about this bin idea was that it let Kay act out the butterfly life cycle. (I knew that pipe cleaner caterpillar would come in handy!)
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