July 2009
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Polliwog Pals

July 25, 2009

Over the last couple weeks we have had a few friend, a few hundred friends. Joe and Owen first discovered these strange creatures swimming around in the edge of our pond out back and asked what they were. Both Melissa and I were amazed as there were hundreds, if not thousands, of tadpoles in our little pond.

Melissa then thought it would be fun to bring a few up so we could watch them grow. And we are glad we did. This was an very interesting experience as I don't remember watching all the different stages - and the kids got to see it all. Feeding the little guys frozen lettuce and letting them swim in collected rain water ... all our little ones grew up big and strong.

During our research project we found:

- Tadpoles are very social animals. In groups of 5 or less they won't eat ... add twenty and they all swim around excited and chow down on whats available.

- Found the back legs grew before the front legs

- Those outside matured faster than those inside ... by a significant amount

- Once they grew their legs, they were out of the water in hours ... went from gills to lungs incredibly quickly

- Kids pick up everything, even if they appear not to be listening.

Thanks to Tess for loaning us their new home. We should note that we have released many of the little frogs back to the pond ... caring for Tadpoles is easy. Dozens of frogs is another story.

More picture at: Polliwog Pals Gallery

Posted by csb at 12:06 PM


 

We did this at preschool in Revelstoke one year. It certainly was interesting! I know your (our) boys would really enjoy this experience.

Posted by: Nana at July 25, 2009 11:55 PM















A World of fun at Disney

July 10, 2009

So, with Nana and Papa in town, well Orlando, we finally managed to take some time out and take the kids to Disney ... and what a day.

Joe got a chance to ride Thunder Mountain ... his first roller coaster ride. No wonder he has such a smile ... well ... maybe that was the ice cream treat from Papa!

Owen was just thrilled with the whole day. Loved "Its a small world", and then riding the pony carousel was a total favorite. But I can't get over his rolling laughter from driving the go cart racers ... Owen behind the wheel had us rolling in our seats ... literally!!!

Oh ... you have to check out the full day in pictures!

Posted by csb at 10:55 PM