We found this little guy on our tomato plant yesterday and I knew he had to go!
So, I found the biggest glass jar that we had on hand and drilled a few small holes in the top.
So far we have just been experimenting with what he likes to eat. The tomato plant branch that we broke off in order to bring him inside safely seems to be his favorite so far. Sam is really hoping the maple leaves will start being eaten too, she put those in there. She also really wants to try grass so we may have to add some of that tomorrow.
I see caterpillar crafts and books in my future!
The Nitty Gritty!
While I don't think it is necessary to bring insects and animals into your house to learn about them and observe them it can be very useful for children as young as infants to have animals in their home.
I believe (and I don't have any real research to back this up just personal experiences) that having pets to play with, observe, care for and just be around helps small children learn gentleness and compassion for other things. My girls help me to brush our dog, play with her, feed her dinner some days and love chasing her around the house. But they have also learned not to play with her food, pull on her tail or poke her in the face. They know that there are limits to what you can do to animals.
We also have a frog in our home right how which Sam is responsible for feeding (with supervision from Chris!). Both girls love watching "Freddy" swim around and eat his food.
Having pets isn't necessary but I really think it goes a long way to helping kids learn how to interact with animals and appreciate the world around them!