Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nature Study: Pill Bugs

To my dismay, when we opened our sandbox this morning, it was filled with Pill Bugs (AKA Roly-Poly Bugs) but I obviously wasn't thinking like a preschooler!

They were fascinated and spent such a long time just observing and playing. No squabbling, whining, or need for my help. Little C. was sleeping so I got lunch together and even had a chance read a book under the umbrella.

Then, they begged, "Can we please keep them as pets?"

Well, I remembered this lesson from Mudpies to Magnets, a fun preschool science curriculum, and ran in and grabbed the book so we knew what the roly-polys would need.

Here is our Pill Bug Palace filled with sand, grass, leaves, twigs and bark.

I hope this will make for good nature study on rainy days.

Finding internet info on Pill Bugs was easy to find:

Singing about Pill Bugs!
to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Pill Bug, Pill Bug, small and gray
Hiding in the leaves all day
Birds can eat you
Lizards too
What's a pill bug going to do?
Curl around and roll up tight
Until those animals are out of sight!

A Picture Book about Pill Bugs

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