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Guest Writer…Hannah Robinson of A Handmade Childhood


Sorry for the delay in posting this…there was a storm last night and our internet blinked out.

Anyway, caterpillars are rampant this time of year and my boy just loves to watch them roll into a ball in his hand.  I was thankful for the lovely Hannah for sharing her post.  To see it all through a child’s eye.

A bit about Hannah…

Hannah is the mother of two very spirited children, and the wife of a very sensible man, living a very simple life in Western NY. She has a degree in art education and uses it daily as the artist in residence, creativity advocate, and personal tutor for her kidlings. She is the author of the popular blog A Handmade Childhood where she chronicles the adventures of a family life centered on the quest for homemade, creative, tied-to-the earth goodness.



Today’s post comes straight (unedited) from the mouth of our little fairy. I dearly wish I could share the hand gestures and expressions also…alas, her words will have to stand alone! She is quite excited about her first blog post…! May 206

I was playing outside and making a fairy house and my dad found a “callapitter” and we took it inside and put it in a huge jar from the basement. And we put it on the porch on our nature table. I tried to make its natural habitat with a twig and some dandelions and some leaves and lots of stuff from the woods. And it was yellow and white. The kind of caterpillar that it was… it was a Chinese Gypsy Moth. I named it wonder because it wonders all the time what it’s home is. May 204May 208

If you don’t know what leaf it eats then sometime… then you can bring it outside and put it on a flat place on a rock or something and take it out of your jar and get leaves and see if it will eat the leaves. To tell if it eats one you see if it has little bites out of it. We should not touch it all the time. We should just touch it once in the day, but we can watch it though. May 217

It’s going to make a cocoon and turn into a butterfly.

May 220That’s all.May 223

We found some great information about keeping a little caterpillar happy here. And here is a guide to identifying little critters you might find in your own yards.

Thanks so much for giving us a glimpse into the mind of your little one.   What a great idea, I am definitely going to be trying to make a home for Eben’s friends in the near future.

To learn more about Hannah please visit her in her space…

A Handmade Childhood

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 06.11.2010 5:26 am

    love this post. so sweet.

  2. 06.11.2010 5:27 am

    so cute. We’re on the search for callapitters!

  3. 06.11.2010 5:55 am

    I love callepitters too. This is so very sweet and the voice of a little is beyond words but….you captured them perfectly. What a great way to start my day. Thanks for a look into your little piece of sunshine.

  4. 06.11.2010 2:06 pm

    Out of the words of a babe~LOVE IT!

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