Crawling Caterpillars

Hello everyone! We hope that you are keeping safe and well at home with your families, we miss seeing your happy faces each day and would love to see what you are getting up to at home!

As our new summer topic is all about minibeasts, I thought that you might like to see what is happening with my caterpillars!

You can find the link to the summer minibeast topic here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1xTqYDmR5LEFcqbarBnlbewuKVJERPjFu

The caterpillars have grown so big since the last blog!

They have been eating the food in their tub and the tub is now a little messy! Those little balls at the bottom of the tub are β€œfrass”, or caterpillar waste. It means the caterpillars are healthy – and are eating and growing!

The caterpillars are getting ready to form their chrysalis

We know that caterpillars need to eat lots so that when they form their chrysalis, they have enough energy whilst they transform in to a butterfly. This transformation is called metamorphosis.

Luckily, these Painted Lady caterpillars have food in their tub to give them energy but in the wild they would have to find food to eat. Do you know what they would eat in the wild?

You might see these types of plants if you go out for a walk on your daily exercise, Painted Lady butterflies and caterpillars love them. Be careful if you do see them when you are out and about, stinging nettles will sting you if you touch them and thistles are spiky!

We have been watching the caterpillars a lot and noticed that they move around so much. They climb up, down, around, over, under, on, off, in and out of things – it reminded me of when we were learning about prepositions in maths.

Here is a caterpillar climbing up and down the netting of the butterfly farm.

This gave me a brilliant idea! I thought that to keep fit, I could create an obstacle course in my house and garden to help me keep fit! Here are some photos of me doing my course…

Now I’ve had my turn, it’s over to you! A challenge to you is below – ask an adult to help you so that you are safe. They could even take some photos of you having lots of fun!

What do you think? I hope that you’ve been inspired to have a go yourself! We would love to hear your comments! Please comment below on the blog or email them into postbox@rushall.walsall.sch.uk

Keep your eyes peeled for another caterpillar update next week!

Stay safe and have lots of fun with your families this week,

Mrs Binks πŸ›πŸ¦‹πŸŒ·πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ€οΈ

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