Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Messy Fingers re-visited

This fall we are going to change up Messy Fingers. We will still have the same hands-on programs for parents and preschoolers but change the way we weave them together.

Messy Fingers will no longer be single classes.

We are going to run four consecutive weekly sessions per month and you and your preschooler will build your science skills together around a theme. For example, in October the theme will be Seasonal Science and the four sessions will be things like spiders, bats, and pumpkins.

When you sign up for the session, you come four Tuesdays in a row and we will build from one lesson to the next.

Messy Fingers will remain on Tuesdays and look for sign-ups soon.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fun Friday Fact

Bull frogs gulp their dinner in mid leap. They open their mouths and can grab prey as they jump.

Bull frogs were named because their call sounds a bit like a cow.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Review: Some Smug Slub

Some Smug Slug is one of my very favorite books - ever. I cannot praise the author and illustrator, Pamela Duncan Edwards, enough. This book has amazing pictures that are accurately drawn, the words are delicious, and the suspense is great.

And what does this have to do with Bullfrogs, I hear you asking? That, my dear reader, is part of the suspense.

Look for the letter S on every page. All the animals depicted begin with the letter S except one.

Go. Now. Get this book.

5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Animal of the Week: Bullfrog

Bullfrogs live in the eastern portion of North America and can be found livening up the nighttime symphony with their deep "jug-o-rum" calls.

These guys love to live in ponds and lakes and will eat anything they can get their mouth around. They are as omnivorous as it comes eating fish, grubs, insects, and even other frogs. What about plants, I hear you say? Well, when these guys are tadpoles they eat algae when young and will take on larger prey when they are large enough.

The tadpoles can live two years in a pond before metamorphosing in to frogs. They have big tadpoles and it is worth trolling murky waters with a net this year just to see them. They are fairly dark compared to other more petite tadpoles.

And these guys are actually farmed in the south as a food source. Yum, eh?