DIY- Silkworm Activity

Legend has it that Lady Xi Ling Shi, the 14-year-old bride of the Emperor Huang Ti, the so-called ‘Yellow Emperor’ first discovered silk in 2640 BC.

According to Confucius, as she sat drinking tea under a mulberry tree, a silk cocoon fell from above. She noticed the delicate fibres start to unravel in the tea and so has been credited as the first person to ‘reel’ or unravel a silk cocoon and use the filament to create a yarn for weaving.

The mulberry silk moth is indigenous to China and the Chinese, realizing the value of the beautiful material they were able to produce by weaving silk thread, kept its secret safe from the rest of the world for more than 30 centuries.

If you are able to find any, allow your children to keep some silkworms and observe the life cycle of the silkworm moth.

Use this free printable notebooking page for your children to record their silkworm lesson. Let them dictate and draw the life cycle of the silkworm on the printable worksheet.


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