Daniel had completed an experiment in Apologia's General Science where he made a plaster of paris mold of a seashell, and was determined to make more.. "We have a lot of plaster of paris left, Mom!" So, to keep him from going in the yard and casting a mold of his size 14 boot print, I suggested looking for animal tracks!
We found a few deer tracks, but they were too sandy to use... and several dog prints. So many good ones that we couldn't resist making a mold of Noah's cute paw! (Noah is the Woodard's faithful and sweet dog)
We did come across a row of rabbit tracks. We could follow, by the partial tracks, where the bunny hopped clear across the open muddy area. They weren't the best tracks to mold, but they had some promise... we did manage one little paw! Do you spy the tracks?
This was our first trial at pond dipping. We used borrowed equipment.. we will surely collect our own, we foresee repeating this adventure! I ask the children what they enjoyed the most about our exploring, Millie enjoyed taking photos of the beautiful butterflies.. Alex enjoyed Farmer Frank's big comfy hammock.. Kaylee just enjoyed everything.. Daniel said discovering and identifying two insects was the coolest, and I whole-heartily agree! (Follow the link to our Nature blog for pictures and more description)
The children had a good opportunity to add to their nature journals.. we are going to attempt adding color to our illustrations here at home with the aid of the beautiful butterfly pictures we captured. We will post a series of journal entries on the PCA Nature Journal.