Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Spring Fever

Valentines 2011

Luckily we had some warmer days, some near 50 degrees, so the kids and I could get outside. We built a snowman and forts one day, they were gone the next, and around 15 inches of snow replaced it all a couple days later. That’s Minnesota for ya!
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100_3254100_3256 Roughly 15” in 1.5 days.
So we brought the snow inside for some extra playtime fun. We even saved some snowballs for summertime!
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We saw some neat snow sculptures at the local community center, partly melted.
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A snow seal.
Monticello CC Snow Sculptures
A snow bear.
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A giant bowling pin and Butterfly on a flower.
All carved from a big block of packed snow around 10 feet high.

At the nature center today, the kids learned about Skulls and Bones! To learn about population changes, they took a quick outdoor break to play a game about Deer and their needs of water, shelter and food. It’s called “Oh Deer!” You can find the directions at this link or here.
Eastman Nature Center-Bones and Skulls
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Inside they dissected owl pellets to find mouse and rat bones! Mikayla dug right into it, but Stanley gladly handed his off to me. One heavy breath would blow the mouse fir into the air. Ew. Dissect a virtual owl pellet at this link.
Eastman Nature Center-Bones and Skulls
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We saw skulls from MN wildlife, which was interesting. Stanley held a opossum and Mikayla had a coyote.
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It’s been a fun winter, but we’re ready for spring!

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