Phew, it’s been a while since we participated in Science Sunday. I am not very good at hands-on stuff, and with the time change our time together on work days got reduced even more. But I was sick a few days last week and working from home. It meant that I could hang out outside in the sun with Smarty in the late afternoons and observe how our garden welcomes spring. We had some visitors from animal kingdom including snails (you can see the snail better if you click on the picture to enlarge it). Smarty’s first reaction was Eeww!, but I showed her how snail moves and how it reacts to the touch and she was intrigued. She spent good 30 minutes “taking care” of the snail. She carried it from place to place, looked at it under the magnifying glass and attempted to feed it leaves, rose petals and even rocks for dessert. Smarty had some questions on why the snails leave the sticky trail, what they eat and where they live. We did a quick google search and ended up here. I cannot vouch for all the information, but Smarty was interested to learn that snails actually have eyes on the stalks. I was interested to learn that snails belong to Mollusca family. I admit that I always thought of them as insects, but my knowledge of animal kingdom is really bad – we had very boring botany/zoology classes in school, and I purged all the textbook knowledge from my memory. It’s fun to relearn some of it now with my daughter.
Smarty was very disappointed the next day when the snail wasn’t here when she left it. She wanted to play with her friend, the snail again. I was rather surprised that her snail survived about 30 minutes of child’s attention – I did remind Smarty several times not to squeeze it. It surely moved as fast as it could trying to get away. I ordered Are You a Snail from the library in case we see more snails, so we can learn more about them.
By the way, we just found out that the bees are apparently building the nest in the siding of our house. Gaak! I guess our next science topic will be learning about the ways to remove them.
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