I enjoy spending time with my grand children. We always do projects together that encourage learning and hands on fun activities to build those memories I hope lasts a life time.
This visit we focused on butterflies and we planted a small butterfly garden.
I kept it simple to keep the project at a minimal expense. I let each grand child pick out flowers from our local home improvement store.
4 marigolds (which butterflies love whether they are on the butterfly plant list or not)
1 Lantana bush. Care needs to be taken with this flower as I never allow my grand children to handle it. All parts of Lantana and its cultivars are poisonous. They pose a danger to both children and livestock. My grand children know not to pick the flowers and that it is poisonous and there is never a time my grand children are by themselves without my monitoring them so we used the bush.
2 bags of mulch
One clay saucer filled with stones and water
We chose a sunny spot for our garden, weeded and placed the plants in the areas we thought looked nice. Then we dug holes and placed the flowers.
The garden spot was ideal as we could watch the butterflies from the bench and were close enough to them to see them but far away enough so we did not intimidate the butterflies.
The children had a good time working in the yard and we included a butterfly craft to make it fun as well.
Previously we went to the Gainesville Butterfly exhibit to see their exotic butterflies and went to their web site and played some of their on line activities.
Here are some links so you can have fun learning and doing online activities.
UFL butterfly site-Butterflies Information