GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (GRPS) – Preschoolers in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) explored the mysteries of nature this spring by witnessing the life cycles of butterflies.

Preschoolers were able to chronicle the magical transformation from caterpillar to chrysalis to the arrival of the butterfly. Through hands-on activities and interactive learning, they discovered the detailed steps of nature, fostering a deep appreciation for the beauty and resilience of these winged wonders.

Preschoolers gathered together with excitement to release the butterflies into the wild.

“Doing the plant and butterfly life cycles at the end of the year is such a fun way to welcome spring,” said Brittany Lach, a teacher at Brookside Elementary. “Watching the caterpillars go through all the steps to become a butterfly was jaw-dropping. They were so excited to see them fly away the day we let them go.”

Children also learned about creating natural habitats. Each child placed a brown pouch containing grass seeds into a cup personalized with their picture. As the grass started to grow, it looked like their hair. The cups were placed on the windowsill for sunlight to help them grow.

Preschoolers also had the opportunity to witness the magic of a bean sprouting. Each child received a baggie with a wet brown paper towel and a bean to observe.  A graph was posted on the wall so that the children could see the progress of the bean.

Butterfly release

Butterfly release