Butterfly Student Kit Review


The Butterfly Student Kit from Heath Scientific comes with a butterfly habitat, guide, dropper, and coupon for live caterpillars. The caterpillars and their food are mailed directly to you, any time of year. The product comes with a guarantee that at least 3 of the 5 caterpillars will turn into butterflies.

The Science

Watching the metamorphosis process is fascinating as butterflies go through four distinct stages of life. Learn the butterfly’s life cycle by observing it firsthand.

Reviews

This product tends to get high and enthusiastic reviews.

One reviewer described how her children would rush to see the progress of the caterpillars every morning and would call “Hey, Mom, come look at this!” Soon, she found herself rushing to the caterpillars and calling, “Kids, come look!” also.

A 5th grade teacher reviewing this kit said it helps her students really remember the metamorphosis stages to see it firsthand.

Easiest pet ever

Simple care.

No messes to clean up.

No feeding: caterpillars come with enough food.

If the butterflies emerge when it’s above 55 degrees outside, you can let them go in the wild. If not, they live for 2-4 weeks and eat sugar water.

For All Ages

Children of all ages–and even adults!–enjoy this butterfly kit. It’s a favorite gift for elementary-aged children, particularly the 5-7 year-old age range, but children as young as 2 thoroughly enjoy the butterfly kit. (Of course, always be careful with young children. Small parts can pose a choking hazard.)

Adults reviewing the product frequently mention how they themselves were, surprisingly, captivated by watching the metamorphosis.

 

Ant Life Cycle

As an insect that undergoes complete metamorphosis, the ant has 4 stages in its life cycle:

  1. Eggs
  2. Larvae
  3. Pupa
  4. Adult

Ant Eggs

Ant with jelly beansAnt eggs are tiny, about the size of the period at this end of this sentence.

The eggs can be laid year round, but most are laid during summer months.

Unfertilized eggs produce male ants (drones) and fertilized eggs produce female ants (workers or queens).

Some eggs are eaten by ants and provide extra nourishment.

Ant Larvae

The worm-shaped larvae have no eyes or legs. All they do is eat and rely on adult ants to bring them food. They grow rapidly, molting between sizes.

Ant Pupa

Once a larvae grows large enough, it transitions to the next stage in its life cycle: pupa. Some species attach to the wall and form a cocoon. Other species just lie in the tunnel.

The ant is at rest during this pupa stage. Its body is undergoing a lot of physical changes.

Ant Adult

When the ant emerges from the cocoon, its exoskeleton hardens and it can no longer grow: this is when the ant is now considered an adult. Ant

Generally, ants only live for about 90 days.

Male ants don’t do any work in the colony. They only live a few weeks to a couple months and die after they reproduce.

The workers’ first job is to tend to the queen and eggs. After a while their job changes and they work in the tunnels. Their final job in life is to forage for food and defend the colony.

Workers are known to live up to 7 years and queens up to 15 years.

Where you can get supplies

Ant life cycle model

25 pack of live harvester ants

Ant hill habitat

Classic ant farm

Ant-related websites

1 page summary of the ant life cycle.

Detailed information about the various parts in an ant life cycle.

Very simple summary of the ant life cycle.

Nutrient Agar Calculator

When preparing nutrient agar plates, you will need to supply enough nutrient agar in order to have a successful batch of petri dishes.

These calculators will help you determine how many dishes you can make with liquid or powder nutrient agar. You can also calculate how much agar you will need to make the desired number of plates.

Calculations are based off of products sold at Heath Scientific.

Difference between Powder and Liquid Agar

Nutrient Agar usually comes in powder or liquid form.
Powder form is usually less expensive due to shipping and storage costs; powder agar needs to be made into liquid form before it can be applied to petri dishes.

Powder Agar to Petri Dish Calculator

 

Liquid Agar to Petri Dish Calculator

 

Nutrient Agar needed Calculator

 

Where you can get these supplies

Glitter Tattoos Profit Calculator

What should you Charge for Glitter Tattoos

Glitter Tattoo Station
A Glitter Tattoo Station is great for a bulk supply of Glitter, Glue, and initial 300 tattoo stencils. This initial investment can seem like alot, but if you price the glitter tattoos correctly, you can turn it into a great fundraiser.

If you’re at a fair or someplace where prices are generally high $4 to $6 is a good price range. If this is for a low budget event, then $1 to $3 would be a good price range.

Costs Breakdown

If you purchase from HeathScientific.net the approximate prices would be:

  • Glitter Station: $300
  • Glitter Tattoo Stencils: $3 (for 10 stencils)
  • Shipping: $13

Keep in mind that the Glitter Tattoo Station has enough glue and glitter for 1,300 tattoos but only enough stencils for 300. You will only have to purchase additional stencils to make 1,000 more tattoos.

Online Glitter Tattoo Station Calculator

  • Glitter Station: $300.00

Disclaimer: This calculator should not be taken as a guarantee for sales or revenue.

Where you can get supplies

For stencils, glue, glitter, or the full station – HeathScientific.net sells all of those products at very fair prices.

Fundraising for the Science Classroom

In School Science Store

With the reduction in state funds, the need to raise money through other methods has become even more important. Science is a subject that can’t be fully appreciated when limited to text books and worksheets. One of the keys to teaching young students is camoflage. When the student is engaged, enjoying the activity, creating and problem solving, they forget that they are supposed to be learning. These instances are where some of the greatest lessons are learned.

When approached properly, science is easy to make interesting……but it isn’t free. The students benefit greatly from using real science equipment, beakers….graduated cylinders…microscopes….live animals…pipets and test tubes. As educators, one goal should be to create young scientists and prepare them for the world they will find.

I often hear that “My school can’t afford these items.” With some hard work, outfitting a science lab can be achieved. Heath Scientific has been providing fundraising options to teachers, PTO’s and school organizations for 10 years. Create excitement and interest in your science program by setting up an Exploration Fair. Your school will ask volunteers (parents are great resources) to help run a retail store for a week. The store has science experiments, rocks, fossils and educational toys that excite the students and raise funds for your school.

Set up an online store at error and encourage students and parents to visit the site for birthday and christmas presents or for science fair projects. The items are shipped directly to the customer and you do not have to distribute any merchandise. Your organization receives a percentage of all sales.

Heath Scientific also provides bulk packages that allows your organization to make up to 80% profits. Use the profits earned to buy real science equipment that can be used for many years.

Don’t let money stop you from providing your students a top notch science classroom.