Friday, November 18, 2011

All about Bats

We met with our co-op to talk about bats.  We started with the life cycle and basic facts about bats.  It was fascinating to think about how important something as gross as a bat is to various ecosystems.  How God designed bats is truly amazing. 

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Sniff test:  The kids had to match 2 cotton balls that smelled the same.  In essence, they had to find their "baby" just like a mother bat finds her---by smell.  It was harder than it sounds. 

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Beep-Buzz game:  The "bat" wears a blindfold and says "beep" to which all the "insects" answer "buzz".  The bat tries to find an insect, who then becomes the next bat. 

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Learning about echo-location

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Measuring out the largest bat, smallest bat and all the bats found in Tennessee.


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Playing the bat version of "Red Light, Green Light", which was "Nighttime, Daytime"

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Making caves by wrapping clay around sugar cubes and soaking in water.  The water dissolves the sugar leaving a hole, which demonstrates the way caves are formed.   The best part:  playing with all those bowls of water. 

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It was a very fun day with lots of great activities.  For more check out The Forest Room.

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