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Did you know that butterflies “puddle” in damp spots? They’re searching for minerals they need to be healthy, such as salt. After your kids make the puddle in the backyard, gather the whole family to sit and watch what happens.
Did you know that butterflies “puddle” in damp spots? They’re searching for minerals they need to be healthy, such as salt. After your kids make the puddle in the backyard, gather the whole family to sit and watch what happens.
What You’ll Need
  • Shallow dish (such as a pie pan or a saucer from a plant pot)
  • Rich soil
  • Flat rocks (light- and dark-colored)
  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Water 
What to Do
  1. Spread a thin layer of soil in the dish.
  2. Arrange the rocks in the dish.
  3. Cut the sponge into shapes, then place them between the rocks.
  4. Pour water on the sponges so that some of the water seeps into the soil below. Add just enough so that there’s no standing water.
  5. Place your butterfly puddle in a sunny area near flowers. Try to keep it out of the wind. Make sure it stays moist.
Extend the Fun

Younger children: Sit with your child and just watch the butterflies. After you silently observe the puddle together, talk about the different sizes and colors of the butterflies. If there’s one your child is fascinated by, look up more information about that type.

Older children: Give your child colored pencils and sketch paper. She can sketch the different butterflies she sees at the puddle. Encourage her to write down what else she observes, such as the time of day the butterflies come and how long they stay at the puddle.

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As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?

Parents Talk Back
As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?
In-person visits.
74% (52 votes)
Skype or FaceTime.
16% (11 votes)
Calls via cell phones or landlines.
4% (3 votes)
Handwritten cards and letters.
6% (4 votes)
Total votes: 70