Back home I rescued a large plastic food container from the recycling bin, added some spinach leaves, and put the snail and slug in their new, temporary home, and off we went to the library.
Our plan for the day didn't involve slugs or snails, but young children are scientists, always up for something interesting to investigate!
This week we read books with an engineering theme, of children constructing and creating to make "wonderful things". Our follow up was an engineering experience: deconstructing things! We offered a lovely assortment of old electric and electronic items that had seen better days: broken radios, hair dryers, calculators, toys, toasters, computers and keyboards, some donated by our library patrons, some from staff, and still more from a local thrift shop. We offered real tools, and asked our families to support their children in exploring what is inside of all our gadgets.
The children used screw drivers...
Children worked alone, in pairs or teams, with parents helping or watching, supervising to keep them safe, but allowing them to take the lead.
So what about the slug and snail? They were also a hit! Some children wanted to look but definitely NOT TOUCH, others couldn't wait for a turn to hold them.
breathing pore on the side of it's body!
Next week we're going to have critters again. Want a clue? They'll be small and wiggly when they arrive, but after they eat and eat, they'll change into something beautiful. Stay tuned for more learning fun!