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This section contains a wealth of resources for teaching children about plant and animal life cycles. Included are readers, references, activity books and models, all designed to enhance early childhood learning about life cycles.

  Life Cycle Models
This section features a wide selection of lifecycle replicas. These accurate, durable, hand-painted models are perfect for field and classroom learning.
  Live Butterflies for Life Cycle Studies
In this section you will find live painted lady butterfly larvae, available with the kits found in this section. For information on raising silkworms simply click here.
  Watch it Grow Series
The Watch it Grow book series is specifically designed for young children ages 3-6. These colorful books capitalize on their natural interest in insects and other arthropods that they encounter in the garden or around the schoolgrounds. Clear, easy to read text complements engaging color photographs. This series is ideal for early childhood education including extended care and after school programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, preschool and kindergarten teachers, camp leaders, daycare providers and parents.
  Bird Life Cycle Series (Ages 5-7)
Young children are naturally curious about birds and their young. Baby Birds explores the robin's life cycle, while the other titles look at the diversity found in bird eggs, nests and rearing methods. Perfect series for young readers ages 5-7.
  Life Cycle Series (Ages 8-10)
Dramatic color photographs and clearly written text document the life history of common (yet fascinating) arthropods, from egg to adult. Perfect for teaching children in grades 2-4 about animal life cycles using species that many will be familiar with.
  Learning Pads
Great resource for teaching about life cycles (monarch) or human anatomy. These full color pads contain 32 sheets with about half of the space left blank for students to fill in information, identifications, creative writing assignments about the subject matter shown, or creative art projects. Reasonably priced so each student can take home their own copy. Ages 4-9.
  Additional Life Cycle Teaching Resources
Contained in this section are various books, posters, and other resources for teaching children about life cycles.

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