A Little Nature Study

With the weather being bright and sunny the girls have been running in and out of the house a fair bit. They don't want to get stuck indoors and are keen to benefit from the Spring/Summer days we are currently experiencing. I was considering doing something to do with nature to go alongside the letter 'n' #ABC123Challenge run by Karen at Two Tiny Hands. So I had our nature books out. We opted to do a little study of butterflies and see if we could entice any to the garden.
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It popped into my head that we could make some food for the butterflies while youngest had her nap. We've tried to feed the butterflies before with little to no success so thought we'd try a different approach. This would use up one of youngest favourite fruit banana. Whenever we go shopping she's keen to point these out and delights in munching on them everyday.

A Little Nature Study

To Create Your Own Butterfly Feeder You Will Need:


  • Banana
  • Brown Sugar
  • Water


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Now for the Fun Part

Peel the banana and break it up in a bowl until it becomes mushy. Then add it to a pan alongside 1/4 cup of brown sugar and 1 cup of water. Continue stirring until it's a good consistency then let it cool down before serving to your friends - the butterflies.

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 Play Dough Time


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After we had made food for the butterflies. My eldest was keen to play with play dough while her sister slept. Yes she shows no sign of not eating this substance yet! So we often wait till she naps before getting it out. Eldest has even been known to try and persuade me that her sister is tired and needs to go to bed so she can play with the stuff! I thought it may be fun and educational to play with the dough in line with The Hungry Caterpillar book and in doing so recreate the various stages of the caterpillar life cycle leading of course to becoming a butterfly. We worked fast as youngest decided to wake up during this time and soon joined us.

Have you tried any of these activities? Or perhaps even cared for and brought up your own butterflies. Please do let us know in the comments about your experiences. We read all your comments and love hearing from you.

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Comments

  1. Excellent idea. #forhteloveofblog

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  2. I am going to try the butterfly feeder as I love watching them from my windows #blogginggoodtime@_karendennis

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  3. Oh my word this is such a great idea for outdoor play and exploring. Thanks for sharing #fortheloveofblog

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  4. Lovely ideas - playdoh outside is always a good idea! Less mess! #bloggerpinparty

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  5. This is lovely. :) I love the idea of feeding the butterflies. I'm slightly wary of attempting to lure wildlife into the garden at the moment as Mufasa, our cat, will hunt them. I'd rather he didn't find them!

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    1. Thank you. I understand your desire for no wildlife to become a victim of the cat.

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  6. Sounds like a lot of Helena, glad you got to enjoy the sunshine. :)
    #ThursdayTeam

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  7. What a sweet thing to do...and the big question...did you get any butterflies?!
    Thanks for sharing with #CoolMumClub

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    1. Sadly despite seeing the odd cabbage white butterfly I didn't see any land on the plate.

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  8. What lovely ideas. My girls both love play dough and I love encouraging butterflies (and all wildlife in to our garden). Thanks for joining #bloggerpinparty

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  9. I never thought to fee the butterflies. Did it work? Did they eat what you made them? This sounds like an excellent idea:) #MMBC

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  10. Lovely ideas, you should try a butterfly growing kit, they're fantastic. Just reading a novel that mentions nature study as a school subject years ago. Wish they still did it now. #CountryKids

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    1. I'll see if my hubby would be up for that. I certainly would be.

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  11. We have fed banana to the butterflies, it is a lovely one to do and if a little gets eaten before it reaches the butterflies it doesn't matter! It did make me smile your eldest suggesting her sister should go to bed to get the play dough out! A lovely idea to combine that with the hungry caterpillar book, another of our favourites here on the farm.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  12. This looks like such fun. I love the idea of feeding the butterflies! #CountryKids

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  13. Lovely activities, we find a tiny drop of honey mixed with water works well for butterflies #CountryKids

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  14. I love the idea that your eldest tells you the little one is tired so she can get the play doh out, they are so clever from an early age. What a lovely activity time you had together. Mich x #Countrykids

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  15. Love how you have linked your outdoor activities to a book. Which is something we love doing too. #CountryKids

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  16. Such a lovely activity! We have recently got one of those butterfly houses where you can watch them develop through the various stages. I love how you used the play dough along side the story book and what an awesome bumble bee dress!

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC :)

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  17. such a great idea, I love things that I can do together with the kids! #thesatsesh

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  18. Max is learning about caterpillars and butterflies in preschool at the moment (they have some and are watching them cocoon), so this would be perfect, especially as we have lots of butterflies in our garden. Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  19. We tried feeding butterflies with bits of banana too before with no luck. :/ #BlogCrush

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  20. What a lovely idea, I've never thought to feed the butterflies but my girls would love to do this. We have so many butterflies around and they are always talking about them. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  21. Ah this is such a lovely idea! Really love the Hungry Caterpillar book in our house, so love the thought of using play doh to make some shapes inspired from the book! Thanks for sharing with #fortheloveofBLOG

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  22. This is such a lovely idea! Will have to try it ourselves #countrykids

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  23. So easy and yet such a cool idea! #kidsandkreativity Naomi-Booberrit.com

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  24. Did you have any luck? Thanks for linking this up to #ablogginggoodtime

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  25. I've never thought about feeding butterflies! We have so many wild flowers in our garden that they are often popping along to visit. Dee loves watching them flit from flower to flower. #BlogCrush

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  26. What a lovely idea to do the life stages of a butterfly with the playdough! Were any butterflies attracted to the banana? May have to try both of these. Thanks for joining us at #thesatsesh xx

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  27. Nice hands-on learning ideas! You already know we love playdough, so we're sold on this ☺️x #bloggerpinparty

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  28. Popping back for #KidsandKreativity ��x

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  29. Did you manage to entice any butterflies? Making butterfly feeders has been on my to do list for some time now, maybe we'll get a chance in the Easter holiday. Thanks for joining #KidsandKreativity, hope you join me again next time x

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