Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2008

Butterfly Bungalow

This kit gives kids an up-close and personal encounter with nature, as they watch caterpillars make the journey from larvae to butterflies. The adventure begins when 6-10 larvae arrive in the mail. Then it's time to get personal with metamorphosis, as the larvae progress from caterpillars, to chrysalises, to Painted Ladies. Set up the high-quality mesh tent and let your child climb in for some observation! This type of hands-on fun supports one of the central pieces of the kindergarten curriculum--observing changes in living things, and learning what plants, animals, and insects need to survive. And it gives kids the unparalleled thrill of "raising" little ones, and then releasing them into the wild. (Insect Lore, 24.99)