We got a book called Wildlife Gardening by Martyn Cox awhile back. It always seems that my kids "discover" books weeks or even months after they make their way onto the bookshelves. I digress...
Eli loved this book. He loved it so much that he left it out in the rain one night. I had to buy another. Now, before you begin the lesson on spoiling and learning lessons...he's five and he really did love the book. And I loved how much he loved the book. He carried it around with him everywhere - the car, the bathroom...outside. He wanted to do every project in the book immediately. Then, it got wet and I couldn't even separate the pages. I tried drying it and, well, it was awful. So, I ordered another copy and it came today. Eli was off to build a frog and toad home (page 56). Then he wanted to build the pond (page 14). Sure, we'll build the pond today. He'd been asking about the pond for about 2 weeks before the book got soaked. We discovered a plastic bin that I had put weeds in to die off before I threw them in the compost pile. The bin was full of water...and larvae. Now we could do pond dipping (page 52)! We found mosquito larvae and some other larvae. I have no idea what they are...except just iggy.
|Dip #1 A fly got stuck. Poor little guy...|
|Dip #2 Mosquito and unidentified larvae. They were see through...maybe crane flies or midges?|
|Dip #3 The dark one in the upper left-hand corner is a mosquito larvae.|
|A hard working Odin.|
|I had to throw it in...|
|Tonka really makes those trucks tough.|
|Admiring their own handy work...|