Sometimes in helping your children interact with nature when you live in the city requires a little creativity. Sometimes it involves visiting a tent full of exotic plants and–more importantly–butterflies at the mall.
Artificial and contrived as it was, it was still neat to have the butterflies land on our fingers and be able to see them up close.
I went with the two younger boys, and they were definitely interested in seeing the butterflies–they just weren’t sure exactly how close they wanted to get to them.
(This is as great a picture I can expect from a distracted three year old as photographer.)
Some of the butterflies were really shy about showing off their colors, but when they did it was just beautiful.
And I was very tempted to bring home our own hungry caterpillars to watch transform into butterflies, how up close and personal would that be?!