|Posted by mariani.mohd on May 15, 2015 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
Watch butterflies up close in your own backyard!
Give your child the beauty of nature right from your backyard by adding life to your garden with the inclusion of flowers and plants that attract butterflies. It is important to include "Host Plants" to ensure that the butterfly larvae (caterpillars) have a home and "Nectar Plants" for the butterflies to feed upon.
After days of research including valuable education sessions with the butterfly farmers from The KL Butterfly Park, we gathered a list of nectar plants that will attract the butterfly species commonly found here. With the help from the knowledgable Albert of DelimaTani Nursery, we managed to get Cosmos, Pentas, Lantana Camara and Ixora plants for our small butterfly garden at our school backyard. Some of these nectar plants are annuals and 6 months later, they have reached the end of their lives so a visit to Albert's Nursery is definitely overdue. This time, we want to include some herbs too!
|Posted by mariani.mohd on April 20, 2015 at 3:10 PM||comments (0)|
Have a fun pet project with your child that will last only 30 days!
Developing a sense of compassion and responsibility in children can only be effective through actions and experience and nothing is more effective than having a pet to care for. Children need to learn taking responsibility gradually hence a caterpillar pet project is ideal since it will only take about 30 days to transform into a butterfly from the egg stage and an easy pet to care for.
Plant Lemon or Lime or Curry tree at your backyard
Make it a fun adventure by planting some butterfly host plants at your backyard. Butterflies only lay eggs on specific host plants and for Great Mormon butterflies that are commonly found here, their host plants are Lime, Lemon or Curry tree. Make it a nature walk by having your children to look for the butterfly eggs underneath the leaves of these host plants.
Watch them eat, grow and transform
Then place the eggs with fresh leaves from the host plant in a clean container with ample ventilation. We use the medium-sized portable pet tank commonly found in pet shops. Then watch the eggs hatch into caterpillars and grow very quickly as they become an eating machine, continuosly eating the fresh leaves. Have the children clean the container and replace the leaves with fresh ones. Make it a fun observation activity by measuring how fast the caterpillar has grown, how many times that it moults (shed its skin), when did it transform into a pupa and finally emerges as a butterfly.
Watch them fly in your very own butterfly garden
Have your own butterfly garden so that you can have your pet butterfly move freely within your own garden. Not only they will make your garden more lively and beautiful but it will also lay eggs on the host plants to give you continuous supply for your children's next pet project.