we started our caterpillar to butterfly experience with a simple sticker art project. it had just the right skill level and was enjoyed very much. i drew some caterpillars and butterflies onto a sheet of paper and he filled the circles with small color dot stickers from the office supply store.
we then set off to the library. as i said before i wanted to keep it simple, so the book that we mainly looked at and turned to was actually the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. i chose two other books from the library, namely Once There Was a Caterpillar and a german book called Lilli, der Schmetterling, which has gorgeous illustrations.
releasing the butterflies a few days after they hatched was not an issue (as i had first worried about), but was accompanied by waves and well-wishes, "bye bye butterflies, have fun flying around and looking for your friends!"