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
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