Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
A few days ago we took an afternoon walk in one of our favorite spaces. As we were heading back to the car, we spotted a small orange butterfly that had landed on the road. We inched up, ever so slowly, to get a better look at him. As luck would have it, he didn't mind a couple of observers stopping to take notice. We were able to get close enough to see his thin, long legs and the intricate designs on his wings. We probably sat there for at least 10 minutes or more talking about this little creature and examining his every angle.
A couple of days later, you started to create a small display using your blocks and any items that you could find lying around the house. Upon asking you what you were creating, you explained to your mama that it was a zoo. I inquired a bit more about what we could find in the cages and you exclaimed, "Butterflies!" Since we didn't have any pretend butterflies around the house, we made our own out of coffee filters and a butterfly hole puncher. And with that, you continued to add more and more to your little zoo!
After the construction was complete, we went in search of books related to the winged creatures that caught your attention. Again, we came up short. I brought up the idea of creating our own book and you didn't have to give it a second thought before jumping right in. We scoured a few magazine for pictures that we could add to the pages and you glued them in with such excitement. At one point, you brought me a piece of paper that had a small drawing on it - a butterfly that you drew yourself. We couldn't stop there, so we broke out the paints, as well. (Painting is one of your absolute favorite activities lately!) Once your design dried, I traced a butterfly cookie cutter in the middle and snipped it out so that you could add it to the last page.
You had such fun illustrating your own book of butterflies. We looked back through the pictures once it was complete and I asked you a bit about what you saw. I wrote your answers next to each picture and the text was complete!
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