For Hattie's birthday, she got a butterfly garden.
I would say it is one of the best gifts Hattie has ever gotten. It costs less than $15 at Walmart. It's fun and easy. Both my girls checked on the caterpillars and/or butterflies several times a day. And the whole kit comes with a great informational guide about how the caterpillars turn into butterflies and why they do the things they do while transforming. Sean and I even learned a few things. And, most importantly, it pacified the hankering that Hattie has for getting a pet right now ;).
Last night, we said goodbye to our two friends, named Rocky and Sleepy. Rocky because Hattie thought the caterpillar looked like a rock all curled up. Sleepy because the caterpillar never really moved, so I told her it was resting when I really thought it was going to have the same fate as caterpillar #3 who, sadly, never got to spread its wings and fly.
Here's a picture of the girls watching the butterflies fly away. I love the look on M.E.'s face :).