A few summers ago, my mom and I took the kids to the amazing Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. The pavilion’s enormous greenhouse overflows with flowering foliage and gentle mists. We spent over an hour wandering its delightful, twisting pathways, counting butterflies and looking for matching pairs. We watched butterflies sip nectar and gasped in delight when they landed on our arms. The morning even helped my daughter, then six, overcome her fear of bugs, since butterflies, after all, have a very fairy-like quality.
We also enjoy the butterflies in our own back yard. They’re attracted to the purple butterfly bush, as well as the daisies and echinacea that bloom along our fence. Mornings and early evening seem best for viewing.
Do you have butterflies in your neck of the woods? If so, perhaps your kids would enjoy a special morning sitting by the flowers and watching the butterflies flutter in for breakfast. Afterwards, consider returning home and making Butterfly Barrettes. This craft of mine was published several years ago in HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHLDREN and can now be found on their website along with a variety of crafts, activities and stories. Enjoy!