Raising butterflies can be a really neat experience for grade school age children. Monarchs make for one of the most ideal to raise at home. This can be a great hands on experience for them. They will get the chance to see the life stages of a butterfly and you can also teach them about the environment in general.You can look into purchasing a book on monarchs, to really help your children understand their life cycle. Monarchs will lay their eggs on common milkweed and use it as well for a food source. If you want an easy way to get monarch eggs, you can plant @@AMAZONTEXT;B003ADDCI6;milkweed@@ in your garden. Monarch eggs look like a tiny white football often on the underside of milkweed leaves. To collect the egg take a pair of scissors and clip off the leaf it is attached to. Once you have clipped the leaf, put it into a Tupperware container. This can make a good temporary home for the eggs. It won’t be long until they start to hatch and turn into tiny caterpillers. Make sure to keep supplying new milkweed leaves every few days. Old leaves mold before too long, so make sure to remove them. A @@AMAZONTEXT;B003E46ER2;butterfly net house@@ is a great place to move your caterpiller as it begins to grow. These make for a great location to house your caterpillar as it changes into a butterfly. Just make sure you watch when opening them so you are aware of any chrysalis, as not to harm them. A Monarch chrysalis is a bright green and will remain this color until right before the butterfly immerges. Before it comes out, ussually within 24 to 48 hours it will turn clear, where you can actually see the monarchs wings. @@AMAZONTEXT;B001SAR9OQ;Butterfly book@@ is a wonderful resource to learn more about housing butterflies and attacting them to your home. Making for a great learning resource for your kids.