On Sunday – Anna has found a small magnifying glass in her Advent calendar. It’s not a very good glass – it came from a party favor set that my husband picked up at a Dollar Tree. But she was extremely excited about it and kept saying how she never had a magnifying glass before. Everything was studied – her hands, water drops, crumbs, and, of course, her kitty. She was fascinated with how she can see details better. Unfortunately, it was pouring again yesterday, so we didn’t go out to look for creatures to explore and, fortunately, we don’t have any at home. I still want to get her a better quality glass eventually, because magnifying glass was one of the things that I enjoyed throughout my childhood. A nice way to introduce magnifying glass and its possibilities is Sid’s the Science Kid episode on magnifying glasses – Anna enjoyed watching it and can’t wait to see real roly poly.
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