Children's Butterfly Gifts and Toys
For all the little insect-lovers in your life, consider some of these unique and creative butterfly gifts for kids perfect for birthdays, holidays, or springtime celebrations. Pair a few children's books about butterflies with one of these butterfly gardens or growing kits. Kids will enjoy hours of learning and engagement with these beautiful insects and develop a whole new appreciation for nature.
Melissa and Doug Book and Butterfly Figures
A large foam book includes a cute story about butterflies and some pretty cool facts just right for preschoolers. This kit also comes with eight butterfly play figures with a convenient storage compartment attached to the book.
Live Butterfly Growing Kit
This is an all-inclusive butterfly kit that comes with all the materials and instructions necessary. The pop-up habitat has a handy zipper for easy access to feed the butterflies. It includes five live caterpillars, food, an eye dropper, a picture book, and beautiful butterfly stickers.
Melissa and Doug Magnetic Bug Game
A high-quality magnetic game for toddlers to practice eye-hand coordination. Two pretty butterflies as well as other bugs hide out in the garden, hoping to avoid the bug catcher. Little kids will have fun capturing each one and then setting them free back in their natural habitat.
Butterfly Bug House
Little girls will love going outside and collecting insects to store in this adorable bug house. This Melissa and Doug toy is made of durable pink plastic and adorned with a cute rainbow. It's about seven inches long which is just enough space to temporarily trap bugs before setting them free again.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Reversible Butterfly
A soft, plush caterpillar can be easily unzipped to transform into a stunning butterfly. This 16-inch toy pairs perfectly with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. A wonderful baby shower or first birthday book for butterfly-loving families.
Fascinating Facts about Butterflies
Butterflies are intricate and complicated insects that play a vital role in pollinating plants, as well as provide a food source for others. Here are some interesting facts you'll want to share with your children next time you have the privilege of watching butterflies perched on a flower or breezily flying through the garden.
- Butterflies come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from 1/8 inch to 12 inches.
- There is a whopping 20,000 different species of butterflies!
- Although the entire life cycle can last from two to eight months, butterflies on average live for only two weeks.
- Most people think butterflies have two wings, but they actually have four wings. There is a set of forewings close to the head and a second set of hindwings by the rear.
- Butterflies have taste receptors in their feet. When they land on plants and flowers, their feet detect whether or not they have the necessary nutrients for survival.
- Butterflies drink what they require for nutrition through their proboscis, which is their mouth. Their diet is entirely liquid since they don't have the necessary parts to chew food.
- The skeletons of butterflies are outside of their bodies. This exoskeleton protects the insects and helps to retain fluid so that they don't dry out and wither away.
- The lifecycle of a butterfly consists of four phases: egg, caterpillar, pupa and adult butterfly.
- Butterflies lay a huge quantity of eggs at one time, somewhere between 400 and 1000 depending on the species. About 98% of these eggs are killed by nature, which is actually a good thing. If all of those eggs became butterflies, the population would overwhelm and ultimately destroy plant life.
- Before laying eggs, butterflies search for a good leaf that will provide their offspring with plenty of nutrition after they are born. They produce a sticky substance that adhere all of the eggs to the leaf so they stay securely in place.
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