A Toad!

A toad paid a visit to out toad home. He (or she) didn’t stay though. I think we might need to bury a bit more of the pot or move it back closer to the bush and the house. We’ll see.

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Back to the Rain Forest part 2

When we visited the Rain Forest at the Zoo, we bought a venus fly trap in the gift shop. The kids picked out a perfect spot for it when we got home and proceeded to try to “trick” it into eating dropped ants. While they were doing that, I pulled up some web pages about venus fly traps and discovered their ploy would probably not work.

The venus fly trap got moved to a sunnier location near other flowering plants after our reading. It also caught two new insects the first day. Unfortunately, it kept getting tipped over in rain storms and some of the stems broke off. Kind-of fortunately, the trap’s seal is broken after it detaches from the main plant, so we were able to peek inside to see what it had caught…a huge ant!

Back to the Rain Forest part 1

In an effort to finish up our final theme for the school year, we did some Rain Forest things this past month.

We watched many videos on Discovery Streaming and on Netflix, including the Magic School Bus, a documentary on deep inside the Amazon Rain Forest, and others about different indigenous people and animals and the layers of the Rain Forest.

We visited the Rain Forest at the Cleveland Zoo to see the plants and animals up close. The kids played “Where’s Waldo” searching for the camouflaged animals. We got to see the many adaptations the plants use for living in very shallow soil and we got to ooh and ahh at the acrobatics of some of the animals.

The kids each picked a rain forest animal to take home (stuffed).

We bought a coloring book of animals to enjoy.

The kids made notes of some of the things they learned using the iPad app Notability.

We read some magazines and a choose your own adventure about the Rain Forest.

We looked at a jungle sticker book about plants and animals and picked out the ones we had seen at the zoo.

We made a Pandora Station to listen to some of the sounds of the rain forest. The kids liked the mixture of tribal singing with techno in this “Deep Forest” album.