MeMeTales Readathon Week 5: Green Earth
First, we visited the butterfly garden. Where incidentally, we did not see many butterflies, but we did see lots of bees and flowers. My preschooler spent most of the time running around the circular path, stopping every now and then to smell the flowers (literally of course). Don’t be fooled, the red object in his hand only looks like a water gun. It really is a freeze ray pistol for putting out the flaming faucets on Mars.
Nearby, the science center had a pond covered with lovely lily pads and nice green scum. This sort of pond would never be allowed in a housing association run subdivision, but a myriad of creatures happily calls the pond home. My children are too young to hate green scum, so they spent a long time gazing into the water which was a beautiful reflection of lily flowers, bees, and sky. (For the sake of safety minded readers, I did omit the photo that looked like my husband is dipping my children into the pond.)
Inside the science center buildings, my kids were able to see a wide variety of stuffed animals (which were NOT alive much to my four-year old’s surprise and disappointment.) They also touched a baby mouse, snake, sting ray, and human skeleton. I almost had to drag my son away from the skeleton. We found out later that he thought it had been captured and stapled together so it couldn’t move any more.
- Does the yard look nice now or messy?
- How would this trash affect the animals?
- What would happen to this trash over time?
- What should we do when we see trash outdoors?
- Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator (Jessie)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Jamie from Hands On As We Grow)
- The Amazing Animals books (Rebekah from The Golden Gleam)
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert(Maya from MeMeTales)
- Grampa’s Garden, Mess Monsters in the Garden, Life Cycle of a Frog, and Chicken and Oak Tree (Rainy Day Mum)
- The Earth Book by Todd Parr, Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, and this list of Earth Day books from Naturally Educational (Roopa from Putti’s World)
- All Things Bright and Beautiful – Christian book based on the hymn
- An Egg is Quiet (also by the same author/illustrator is A Butterfly is Patient and A Seed Is Sleepy)