Museum program to spotlight butterflies

Museum program to  spotlight butterfliesThe last Children’s Hour of the spring season will be Friday, May 17, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Maturango Museum.

The program, “Beautiful Butterflies — Loved by People and Plants,” will highlight this insect.

There is a natural affinity between children and butterflies,” said a museum docent. “Is it the varied colors and patterns of different species’ wings or perhaps their unhurried flight from one flower to another? Like children living in the moment while absorbed in play, butterflies seem purposeful yet tranquil when seeking the sweet nectar of flowers.”

Docents will present the story “The Crunching Munching Caterpillar” by Sheridan Cain, illustrated by Jack Tickle. Caterpillar learns from Sparrow, Bumblebee, and Butterfly why he can’t fly as they do and the discovery he makes after a long winter’s sleep.

The life stages from egg to caterpillar to pupa to adult butterfly are told in “Monarch Butterfly” by Gail Gibbons. Rounding out the morning’s activities will be action songs and poems, an artful craft and coloring picture, and at the Discovery Table mounted butterflies and other insects for close-up looks.

Throughout the school year’s fall and spring seasons, the Docent Story Group has enjoyed presenting the Children’s Hour to young children. “We thank the families for giving us the opportunity to share our appreciation of the desert and surrounding mountains that we all live in. It is our hope that we’ve succeeded, even a little, in planting seeds of that appreciation and caring in the children.”

During the summer, all are encouraged to continue visiting the museum, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pictured: Levi and Silas Jacobs press footprint stamps into their booklet during a past Children’s Hour activity. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-05-10