May 1, 2008

Outdoor Hour: One Small Square

In the ninth Outdoor Hour Challenge assignment, HarmonyArtMom encourages us to observe as much as we can in one square foot of space. It was kind of like a nature scavenger hunt on a diminutive scale.

When I went to pull out the magnifying lenses I discovered that a little girl I was baby-sitting over the last several months took them home with her one day! She must have liked them (I can't say that I blame her). :-) Kathryn was determined to get a close look, so she took out a pair of binoculars and her bug container with the magnifying lid. We headed outside with trowels and everyone staked out their square foot plots. Unfortunately, the battery in my camera died after taking two pictures.

Jordan setting up his square foot
Kathryn is prepared!

The kids saw ants, a couple of ground beetles, earthworms, common flies, and mosquitoes. Nathan made a nature journal entry, drawing a beetle that he found. Kathryn also made a journal page detailing her observations. The girls are really enjoying our nature studies. We took some time to read about insect taxonomy in Christian Kids Explore Biology. As soon as the ground is warm enough, our insect studies will move into the garden.

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May. 1, 2008 - Great entry

Posted by HarmonyArtMom

It looks like everyone enjoyed their squares and they found some interesting things inside them.

You should do this project again later in the summer and share your results. I think we will do that just to compare the kinds of things we will see.

Thanks for linking.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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