My how time flies!

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Here is the recap:

In the first week of December we explored our small, small world and our wee bits learned how to use a microscope. From pacifier to magnifier, they learn fast:

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The second week of December we explored the weather and how the sun makes the wind:

We were the wind in this photo, check us out blowing  ping pong balls around with straws:

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When I was reviewing what we learned about the sun, I asked, “so, what makes the wind?” one of the cuties yelled out “straws!”  I love the things they say!

In the middle of the month we explored animal diets with our annual Gingerbread man comes to Oatland- puppet show.

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We made gingerbread man ornaments with salt dough and cookie cutters.

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The next week was our annual, fun-time polar animal express extravaganza. polar express 2014

We learned about how animals survive the cold arctic ocean and tundra with our ocean water table and our blubber gloves:

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Look at all the icebergs in that water!  BRRRR.  You can’t tell but that child is donning a blubber glove to learn how blubber keeps you warm in the cold.

We also did some role playing and figured the best way to get to the arctic tundra was to take the Polar Express:

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Cranking up the engine with coal!

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And we finished the class making an arctic animal ornament craft:

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The last week of December was all about the Christmas Bird Count.  We put on our binoculars and went out to the feeder to see which winter bird residents we could count:

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and ended the program making very natural bird feeders so we can attract our winter residents to our own backyards:

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As you can see, it was a very exciting month!  There is still plenty of fun to come though, so sign up!

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About Joy O' Nature

I am a naturalist on the education staff here at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. I earned a B.S. in Terrestrial Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently received my MPH in Environmental Health from the University of Arizona. I have been a classroom science and environmental educator; instructing all ages from preschool to college, for most of my educated life.

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