Backyard Science

Sometimes, I have parents who are a little overwhelmed by how many outings we go on with our kids.  There are many families who find it hard enough to fit in the things that have to be done, let alone finding time to plan and then execute a trip.  

So, today I thought I would share about the learning experience we had a few feet from our back door.  A simple thing like sending the kids to play in the backyard yielded the discovery of some new backyard animals.  We have had lizards, pill bugs, woodpeckers, squirrels, cardinals, robins and other insects.  But, today we found a slug and a bat.

The slug was found under a large stone.  After it scooted away, it left behind a shimmering slime trail that we were able to observe.  The bat was just a couple inches long and hanging onto a low spot on the tree.  It moved a little, so we knew it was okay.  We were able to talk about nocturnal animals and why bats are good to have around.

Remember, no matter where you are or how little time or money you have, there is always something new to see and learn about, around the corner or in your own yard.  Keep your eyes open and be willing to learn. 


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