Sunday, March 21, 2010



Mar17_Snail1
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 Mar17_Snail2 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, Mar17_Snail3what 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.
Are you a snail
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.
For more science ideas, visit Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

10 comments:

Kim said...

Great outdoor fun! Part of what I love about having a child is getting to re-learn all the school stuff that bored me, and the things I forgot. Good luck with the bee eradication!

-:¦:-In His Grip -:¦:- Loni said...

SO much outdoor fun! I love to sit and watch the "wheels" turning in the children as I see their little minds processing! Hands on learning is always the best :D

Debbie said...

What fun! Isn't it great to watch our children learn through hands on, and to use their imagination to try to figure something out like, what will the snail eat.

Good luck on the bees!

Joyful Learner said...

Our children will have an entirely different kind of education than we had. I'm learning more now than I ever did in school as I learn along with our daughter!

Ticia said...

What a fun way to learn about the snails! I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of snails, so it's probably good we don't have lots of snails in our area.
Good luck with the bees, hopefully no one gets stung, or becomes afraid of them.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What great exposure for Anna to nature. Good luck with the bees - my husband is gearing up for his yearly war witht he yellow jackets, too.

Allison said...

Jumped over from Superheroes and Princesses-- great blog! Science Sunday is a fun theme for posting. Okay, so slightly gross, but when I was about your daughter's age I stuffed a wiffle ball full of snails (after a big rain) and then just left it in the yard. A few days later it turned into sort of a snail rattle. ICK!

Mandy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I've gotten many ideas from yours and always look forward to your posts!

Pathfinder Mom said...

I absolutely love that with children - anything can be a friend.

Adriana said...

My boys LOVE anything creepy and crawly. Our new "pets" have been the earthworms that we keep digging up while I work in the garden. Diego wanted to keep them in his room but I convinced him that they would be happier outside. :)