Children are examining a gulf fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) that they have captured by hand.
While no materials are necessary, you may find the following helpful:
Containers (Used parmesan cheese and other containers work great; they have a shaker side for aeration vents.)
Discovering insects and other creatures is such a fulfilling and gratifying experience for children. If they are able to explore these animals without the oft-experienced adult gross-out, the children can go forth and learn without fear. This can allow them to learn such diverse concepts as caring for others, classifying, organizing, gentleness, anatomy, and natural history.
Lesson plan by Heather Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org. You are welcome to share all materials with credit to her.