|A huge snapping turtle! She was at least 2 feet long, not including the tail.|
|Now that is a face only a mother could love.|
Well, I had to take advantage of all the turtle excitement by checking out a snapping turtle book from the library. I got Snapping Turtles (The Library of Turtles and Tortoises) and while we didn't read it cover to cover, it was short and concise enough that we read most of it. Our favorite fact was that common snapping turtles eat fish, bugs, frogs, turtles, birds, and plants. We also found out that snapping turtles are unable to pull their heads entirely inside their shells.
It turned into a sort of impromptu turtle day for us. I drew some turtles on plastic caps from different beverage containers and the kids raced them across our kiddie pool using drinking straws to blow them around.
Then Drew fished for letter bottle caps with his bug net. The target was "T" caps, of course.
|The pool water was filthy. They were jumping in and out of it all morning.|
And finally, a turtle snack made from cucumber. They each only took one bite.
Linking to The Southern Institute, Learning Laboratory, Tuesday Tots, Gluesticks, Bear Rabbit Bear, Kid's Co-op, Honey Bee Books