Lifecycle of the silkworm activities

So our resident Silkworms are eating their way through about 50 leaves a day and growing plumper before our eyes. Each day I check to see if any have begun spinning their cocoons yet but none so far.

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With such a prefect chance to study these creatures comes the opportunity for some extension work. Put out some lifecycle templates with water colours to encourge the child to observe details.

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You can make your own mulberry tree! Photocopy some mulberry leaves for the child to cut out and pin up along with the moths, silkworms and cocoons. I wonder if they will notice the detail at the edge of the leaves and try to cut it out?

A simple butterfly matching activity from Montessori Print Shop.

Look at this beautiful circle puzzle which shows a different caterpillar and crysalis. The silkworms cover their crysalis in a silk cocoon. I wonder why?

Here are some pictures from a magazine to help the children colour in the life cycle sheet. I hope to have our own photos for next year!

Lucy x

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