Hi parents and grandparents,
We are continuing our explorations of bobcats. The children made a pattern , traced it on fabric and with the help of Miss Molly ( Torin,s mom) sewed their bobcat. Then we had a sewing circle and the children stuffed their bobcat, learned how to hand sew , chose button eyes and sewed them on as well. The finishing touches of spots and white markings and ruffed ears were glued on by the children. We were also lucky to have a guest grandmother, Grammie Sue, help the children sew their bobcats.
Meanwhile we read about bobcat habitats, what they eat for prey, and where they live. We measured each child so they knew what size they were compared to a bobcat. We also watched and heard a documentary on the bobcat sounds. The children were amazed on how loud this small feline is! We discovered they are nocturnal shy felines that have a range of twenty miles.
Outside we did animal tracking to try to find beaver tracks ( which melted) but found crow tracks. We got to our campsite across route 10 and found many deer tracks. The children had fun sliding down the big hill on their bellies and when the snow got too warm they rolled down the hill. We even found a caterpillar alive in the snow! As usual we enjoyed our outdoor snack which includes chocolate milk for that mid afternoon boost.
Next week we will finish making our bobcats and hope to have bobcat birthday party!
As the weather permits we will be hiking to our campsite and exploring the seasonal changes.
We have received notice that the ticks are already out in the upper valley! Ugh too soon. So please check your child daily for ticks. So far we have not had any on us but is wise to be on the look out.
Happy outdoor exploring
Giovanna and Sandy