Saturday, April 16, 2011
Science In My Own Backyard
We own about a 1/2 acre of land in a small rural town. Even though we are in town, we get all kinds of critters, that DJ has been enjoying taking pictures of. I also mentioned that next year for 4H the kids picked bugs. One of the projects you can do is to have a bug collection. Since the kids are opposed to killing the bug in order to collect it, we are recording bugs we find with the camera. There are only a few so far, finding a bug that is ready to get its picture taken is not an easy process, LOL! The one picture is of a cocoon DJ found when helping his Dad clear up leaves. As you can see the butterfly had already released itself from the cocoon. Yes, by the way, that is a caterpillar on Caitlin's head! And no that caterpillar did not go into that cocoon, and may or may not have been the moth shown. We had a picture of a really cool moth, but do you think I can find the picture? We get that same moth, or one that looks just like it, every year in the same spot of our garage wall. I hope I find the picture. You can teach your kids about ecosystems, and habitats, without expensive curriculum just by exploring your own back yard.