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Your first grader is probably very curious about life science, especially when it comes to wiggly creatures in the natural world. Creepy as those little buggies may seem to you, your child's interest is a great thing: life science is a big part of first grade science curriculum.
So what does this mean, exactly? Often, kids will compare the life cycles of living creatures. Some animals, such as kittens and puppies, are born looking like miniature versions of their parents. They grow and change slightly as they get older, but the changes they experience are gradual and slight. Other animals change quickly and dramatically during their life cycles, undergoing a process called "metamorphosis". Metamorphosis is especially common in the life cycles of many insects, including butterflies, ladybugs, and dragonflies.
There's no better way to learn about metamorphosis than to observe the life cycle of a living creature up close. Parents, get your “gross meter” adjusted—we've got an adventure for you! Help your child learn about life cycles in a bowl using white, icky, incredibly healthy mealworms!