We have to cancel all programs until November due to the condition of the trails. The hurricane damage is still pretty extensive and most trails are unpassable but rest assured that all the animals are safe. Stay tuned for new themes in November!
Please come out this weekend to support us in our biggest fundraiser of the year the Halloween Hike on Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm. Check out our website for more information:
Well I have successfully allowed another chunk of time to escape without posting a blog. We have been having so much fun in Toddler Tuesday and grOWING! We are back to offering 3 times. 9:45-10:15; 10:30-11:00; and 11:15-11:45.
If you are wondering about whether or not you should come, the answer is yes! Check out the fun we have:
Wolf Popsicles and human popsicles shared on a hot summer day!
World Lizard Day:
We read Art and Max by David Weisener and did some salt painting of the character from the book:
Then our very own broad headed skink came to class!
We had a recently hatched gulf fritillary come to class and then we made butterfly lifecycle necklaces:
On National Hummingbird day we made homemade humming bird feeders with recycled materials:
Note: Use the longest staple you can find, and pull it as far as you can away from the cork so the nectar will fill the cup. We wrapped ours with red yarn so we didn’t have to paint the bottle. Remember don’t use red food dye. That stuff is not good for anyone!
On International Vulture Awareness day we read Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre. Then we walked to see our vultures and brought them some enrichment ( toy ball full of bison, sheep hair and paper. Vultures love a good T.Ping.
For New Kids on the Block we made goat crowns and then walked down to see Finn and Rue our new Angora Goats:
On animal tracking day we told track stories, we walked like animals, and then played with home made play dough and make all kinds of animal tracks:
Wow, we sure learn a lot, and have a lot of fun doing so!
We had a hoot studying about owls on Owl Appreciation day! We played owl in the oak tree, we learned about the magic powers of owl feathers and silent flight. We read the classic Pat Hutchins’ story Good-night Owl:
We had a wise old visitor, whoooo by the way looks just like Pat Hutchins’ owl in the Good-Night Owl story:
Check out the cute owls that they took home:
Let’s just say that we have been having so much fun that I have not had time to blog..so here is the photo recap of the last month or so…
World Turtle Day:
That turtle was made from taking apart a Chinese food “to-go” box. We made our very own Mossy based on Jan Brett’s book about taking a turtle into captivity. We discussed captivity and about releasing animals back to nature.
So Many Fish in the Sea:
2 people hold the strings, when one person pulls the strings the squirrel flies along the string to the other side. (there are two straws attached to the underside and he slides along the yarn).
We learned how hawks have a special oil filter over their eyes that allows them to see things glow under ultraviolet, like animal pee!
We used bubble wrap to pick up slippery soap which was suppose to demonstrate why eagles have bumpy feet to pick up fish with.
It is always so sweet to study honey bees! We sang my original song: Don’t Swat That Bee! It is a very fun song to a similar tune of Green Grass Grows All Around. I always sing it call and response:
Don’t swat that bee!
She doesn’t want to be mean!
She won’t hurt you–she has a lot of work to do…
She’s telling you
that you are sweet!
She thinks you are a flower!
Now isn’t that neat.
don’t swat that bee
if you want her to go
don’t swat that bee, no! No!
We read the story: Are You A Bee?
At the end of class we made thaumatropes after learning all about the honeybee’s life cycle. It was a picture of a flower and on the back a bee and when you spun it around the bee lands on the flower.
Dr. Mailler, our vet, was our guest speaker today at Toddler Tuesday in celebration of World Veterinarian’s Day. She taught us some interesting things about being a veterinarian. She taught us how she tells if an animal is sick. She showed us their bones on X-rays and taught us how to use a stethoscope. She taught us that the larger the animal the slower the heart rate. A cow’s heart beats 40-70 beats per minute and a rabbit’s beats about 120-150 times a minute.
We ended class in a fun way.. check out our veterinarian internship program. There was some major surgery going on.
They were able to keep their scrubs and stethoscopes so they could perform some procedures on their stuffed animals at home. FUN!
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! We recycled and reused paper today in celebration of Earth Day. We even planted seeds in some of our paper so we can plant the paper and it will grow! How green is that?