Interplay Butterfly World // Review

Interplay Butterfly World Review

I was really excited when we were asked if we wanted to review Interplay’s Butterfly World.

Cameron was learning about the butterfly life cycle at school and this was the perfect opportunity to continue learning at home. After the success we had last year with Interplay’s Ant World, Cameron was looking forward to receiving Interplay’s Butterfly World and raising his own butterflies at home.

I don’t know about you, but I love Butterflies and I have done since I was a little girl. There is just something really majestic about them. We see mainly Cabbage White Butterflies around my house due to living close to allotments.


The Butterfly World kit contains everything you need to be able to rear your butterflies:

  • Pop Up Butterfly Rearing Cage
  • Small Plastic Pot & Lid
  • Paintbrush
  • Jar Cover
  • Informative Guide Written By Nick Baker

Caterpillars are not included within the Butterfly World kit, therefore you have the choice to either find your own in the wild or you can buy them online. Butterfly World’s preferred supplier for butterflies is Gribbly Bugs.

Our five baby caterpillars arrived promptly and were already set up in their own little container with their artificial food. This container would be their home until they transformed into chrysalis.


Day 1: 5 baby caterpillars

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Day 3: They’re growing really quick

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Day 5: Five baby caterpillars growing very quick.

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Day 7: Not so little caterpillars anymore.

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Day 11: Really BIG caterpillars.

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Day 14: one caterpillar is about to make its transformation into a chrysalis

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The End Result:

Unfortunately we did not get 5 butterflies.

One caterpillar unfortunately died. This one had been struggling for a while because it was a lot smaller than the others. As a result, it died before it made it the chrysalis stage.

One chrysalis got knocked down to the floor of the small pot in the early stages due to another caterpillar. I didn’t want to move it in fear of disturbing the other caterpillars. Unfortunately because of this, it did not emerge as a butterfly and died.

We were going on holiday right around the time they were due to transform into chrysalis. This was due to my very bad timing. So I arranged for a friend to look after the caterpillars for me. Whilst transporting them to my friends house, a chrysalis fell to the floor. He did hatch, but because he fell, he was not fully formed. I was told to ‘put it out of it’s misery’ but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I placed it gently in a bush to let nature take it’s course.

Cameron’s friend Roxie helped us to release the butterflies into the wild. One butterfly flew off straight away. The other one needed a bit of help. Roxie got to hold the butterfly, which she really loved doing.


Painted Lady Butterflies

It was very fascinating watching the caterpillars grow each day. Some days they literally doubled in size and it was hard to believe they were the same caterpillars.

Cameron, Roxie and I really enjoyed raising our butterflies despite it being a little sad that not all of them made it.

As the Butterfly World Kit is completely reusable, we are really looking forward to use it again to raise more butterflies.

In conclusion, I think that the Butterfly World Kit is a brilliant idea. Not only are you helping the population of butterflies in the wild, it is also a fantastic educational toy for children.

You can purchase your own Butterfly World Kit here for £12.99


Note: I was sent Interplay’s Butterfly World & 5 Caterpillars for the purpose of the review. As always all opinions are independently formed. 




  1. Tracy Nixon August 7, 2016 / 5:58 am

    We have this too! My girls love it!

  2. Nikki August 7, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    Ive never seen this before but what a brilliant idea!! Such a shame about the one that didnt make it though x

  3. Rachel August 7, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I have seen so many people on my timeline doing this and it looks so good, sadly I have an allergy to Caterpillers x

  4. Anna Lysik August 7, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    My friend recently bought that and i found it soo nice! i really want to try myself!

  5. Ana De- Jesus August 8, 2016 / 9:07 am

    I love butterflies as well aren’t they beautiful!? I would love to try Butterfly World out as it looks fun!

  6. Kerry Kilmister August 8, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    My daughter would love doing this! I will have to look into it 🙂

  7. Jo Carroll August 8, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    This is a really good way of teaching kids all about Butterflies and help some of us get over phobias of flying insects…not naming names here 😉

  8. Susan Smith August 9, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    This is terrific, to teach children about insects,

  9. Sharon H August 12, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    I bought my nephew this and he absolutely loved it. I love this range of learning toys.

  10. Laura Bryant August 13, 2016 / 11:47 am

    My niece would love this she loves all bugs and loves getting her hands dirty

  11. Chrissie Curtis August 15, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    WOW! That is so cool – My niece would love it but at 30 I would also love it. Butterflies are pretty amazing.

  12. Karolina Rozwarska August 15, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    looks fun!

  13. Carly Belsey August 18, 2016 / 5:58 pm

    My son and daughter would love to do this. I will have to have a look into it. 🙂

  14. Laura Harrison August 18, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Sounds very interesting and fun for children to do and watch. My nephew would love this xxx

  15. kim neville August 20, 2016 / 10:18 am

    We recently did this and my kids loved watching the daily process from caterpillar to butterfly. Luckily we had 5 butterflies and they were so pretty. Was a shame to set them free 🙂

  16. Rebecca Mercer August 20, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    my kids would love this

  17. Victoria Cunniff August 21, 2016 / 8:20 pm

    Not sure how I feel about this, although I’m sure my daughter would love it. Buying caterpillars online seems strange to me and I can only think if those 5 had been in the wild would all 5 had lived? I’m sure it must have been well researched or it wouldn’t be allowed but I’d gave to do my own enquiries before I purchased it.

  18. keri brooks August 22, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    Kids would love it not sure about me. Love butterfly’s scared of insects

  19. Jayne Kelsall August 23, 2016 / 9:25 am

    This looks like great fun, my daughter would find it fascinating .x

  20. Jessica Sawyer August 23, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Brought my nephews one of these and they love it

  21. Barbara Handley August 23, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    My grandson is really interested in this. Fascinating.

  22. ellie spider August 23, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    this looks brilliant what a fab way to teach kids about nature and transformations

  23. joanne casey August 24, 2016 / 5:17 am

    These are briliant, my son absolutely loves this sort of thing

  24. Emma Perry August 24, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Looks interesting and fun for the right age children, slightly too old for my grandson unfortunately…..I would have loved this as a child!

  25. Cassandra Mayers August 24, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Oh wow I didnt know there was anything like this. How fascinating 😀

  26. Louise Osborn August 24, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    This looks great fun, looks like you guys enjoyed it! 🙂

  27. Jenna Parrington August 24, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    I think it is such a great idea! Such a fab way to encourage children to be responsible all whilst learning to care about creatures too.

  28. Natalie Crossan August 24, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Looks so much fun x

  29. Nicki Simpson August 24, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Oh wow…… daughter would love this, may have to invest

  30. Nicole S. August 24, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Looks like such fun!!

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