I found these cute pages that are like garden cartoons about worm composting from the University of Illinois Extension. They teach all about vermicomposting and worms with a cute cartoon worm character–Squirmin Herman the Worm. This is a very educational and fun site for kids and adults. Check out Herman’s fun place for games and more fun. Click on worm composting to learn more about how to compost with worms.
Butterfly House is a charming, feel good story for children and adults too. A young girl finds a Painted Lady butterfly caterpillar in her garden and brings it home to her grandfather. The grandfather gets a shoe box and she and her grandfather create a beautiful house for the caterpillar decorating it, drawing flowers–making a real home for the caterpillar. She also finds the proper food for the caterpillar. Then she and her grandfather watch as the caterpillar grows and eats his way to his next stage of life.
After the Butterfly Emerges They Let Him Go
And then it is time to let the butterfly go. This is a tearful experience for the young girl and her grandfather explains that the butterfly has to fly away in order to find food and live. It is one of those bittersweet experiences of childhood. She has a wonderful relationship with her grandfather saying that if he were young they would be best friends. He says it doesn’t matter because they are best friends anyway. This book is beautifully illustrated by Greg Shed’s paintings and has an interesting ending.
It’s Not So Easy To Find a Butterfly Larva
Finding a butterfly larva for a Painted Lady butterfly might not be so easy so you might want to order a butterfly garden. This kit includes a butterfly habitat and you can send away for butterfly larva and food. My daughter and I did this together and it was a very rewarding experience to raise butterflies. You could still do the artwork of decorating the habitat as the girl did in Butterfly House.
The Butterfly House book and the Butterfly Garden would make excellent gifts for anyone interested in nature and butterflies. They complement each other making for an interesting and educational experience. If you click on the links in this post or the image below you can order these from Amazon.