Saturday, 19 April 2014

Life Cycle of a Moth - FREE Printables

My children's interest in the insect world has been steadily growing since learning about the life cycle of frogs and the life cycle of ladybugs to developing a curiosity about grasshoppers. If you have been following me on facebook and instagram, you would have seen that in the last few weeks we have had an amazing opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a moth. There was no planning involved as this was simply just a matter of following the child (in this case, children) and making the most of this opportunity that life had given us. 

It started with the discovery of a little green caterpillar in our yard. We placed it, and some green leaves, in our bug catcher and spent a few days observing its movements. We noticed it had different stripes on its back and started researching to see if we could identify what type of caterpillar it was. 

About four days after we had found the caterpillar, we noticed it started to change. Sure enough, it built a small cocoon around itself at the bottom of our bug catcher.  It was then that we also noticed what looked like shredded skin from our caterpillar beside its cocoon. 

At this stage, my children were excitedly waiting the arrival of a butterfly so we had read a few books on butterflies and had learn about the different stages of their life cycle. But it was early one morning that we noticed that our caterpillar had emerged from its cocoon and it had changed into a moth! 

We were all a little surprised to see a moth but this lead us into researching the difference between a moth and a butterfly. I put together this Venn diagram for my son to research the answers independently.

Once we let our moth go, my son wanted to see if he could find another caterpillar so we went searching for one. Instead of finding a caterpillar, we found some eggs on a leaf! We are not sure if caterpillars will hatch from these eggs but we are hopeful and have placed them into our bug catcher to observe them. 

To support and encourage this interest-led learning, I made our own Montessori inspired cards from the photos that we had taken this way, my children could review the life cycle by using these cards. It was also a great way to build vocabulary and understanding of these topic related words. We also used our Safari Life Cycle of a Luna Moth figurines too.

You can download these Life Cycle of a Moth cards as well as the Venn Diagram from here.

If you would like to see more activity ideas on learning about different animal/insect life cycles, be sure to check out my pinterest board.

1 comment:

  1. Very neat! I pinned this for later (my toddler will love this *soon* ...I know it)