Friday, April 29, 2011

Insect Lore Brings Nature Alive Inside Your Home!

There's no better way to teach science to preschoolers than to bring science to them - to allow them the hands on experience in learning! The Insect Lore products that I am most familiar with allow children (and adults) of all ages to watch and track the process of metamorphosis of a huge variety of species. Kids are mesmerized - I've been fortunate enough to use the Butterfly Pavilion with my Head Start 4s and 5s and they are absolutely amazed at watching the caterpillars transform to butterflies. Based on the success we've had with the butterfly pavilion (despite the slightly ickiness of preparing the larva, transferring the chrysalis and attempting to clean the blood after the butterflies emerge - gross, but manageable), I will definitely be purchasing some of the other kits available to use with the kids!

However, before we further explore the kits available, I do want to take the time to share two fabulous resources to use in collaboration with two of the Insect Lore kits! The following books are published by Lerner Publishing Group as part of the Animal Close-Ups series.

Dell'Oro, Suzanne Paul.
Let's Look at Earthworms.
August 2010.
Lerner Publishing Group.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Waxman, Laura Hamilton.
Let's Look at Monarch Butterflies.
August 2010.
Lerner Publishing Group.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Praying Mantis
Hissing Cockroach
Pill Bugs

If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to I am an Amazon Affiliate, so any purchases you make after clicking these images will result in my receiving a small percentage of the sale price!


style='clear: both;' Books for Learning said...

I love those kits. We did the ladybug and butterfly ones last year.