Friday, May 23, 2014

Head, Thorax, Abdomen...

You haven't lived until you've heard a bus full of little kids singing the Insect Song en route to their  nature day field trip. "Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen... Six legs, antenna, and don't forget the compound eyes... "

We ventured to the Aldo Nature Center with Daredevil's preschool today. It was a perfect day for our field trip. It was sunny and warm, but not too hot. Daredevil didn't love all of the waiting, but he sure loved all the activities and being outside!

We hiked to the pond where we got to scoop out critters from the pond. Daredevil found a beetle, a dragonfly nymph and a teeny tiny crawdad!

After our time at the pond, we watched a puppet show about insects and how some completely transform (like a butterfly) and some only change a little bit (like grasshoppers). It was just like we've seen in Gaspard and Lisa and Daredevil thought it was just about the neatest thing ever. He kept waving, pointing and laughing. He was sitting by Sawyer's mom and he kept standing up to get a better view. Puppet show = big hit.

Then we went on a nature hike where we saw cranes and birds. We also got to hear all sorts of frog calls. Daredevil loved helping our tour guide, Virginia, push the different frog call buttons. He wouldn't give Andy a turn so Jenna decided to distract him with a big hug while Andy made some frogs sing! It was actually really cute. Then they had a nature scavenger hunt. Daredevil found a big raccoon. He actually didn't like it so much. He kept wanting Andy's dragonfly.

After that we sat in the shade and enjoyed our yummy snack!

It was a fun day, but I think Daredevil's most favorite part was getting to ride on the big yellow school bus for the first time. He couldn't wait to get back on it to ride again!

Did you know that frogs can jump 10 times the length of their body? That's intense jumping right there.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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