Monthly Trivia Answer

The two main ways you can tell dogs from cats are the nose and the claws. 

Dogs have longer noses than cats do, and dogs claws remain out while cat claws retract. The long nose of the dog helps their powerful sense of smell. They can actually pack more smell receiving cells along their nose. Meanwhile cats' retracting claws help keep their claws sharp. This way they can always have their claws ready to catch their prey.

There are also several other differences between cats and dogs. Cats are much more carnivorous than dogs and cats are more nocturnal than dogs are. Other than that, these animals are quite similar. They are both carnivores that use their enhanced senses to capture medium to small prey. They even shared a common ancestor not too long ago. It is called Doormaalocyon latouri and lived about 55 million years ago. You can learn more about it at this link

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Craft of the Month

Frogs Eggs Sensory Bin!

We found this craft when working on our Frogs and Toads camp. It does a great job replicating the look of frogs eggs, and kids can play with this for hours. I had a little trouble finding the water beads, but eventually tracked them down at Hobby Lobby. I would also recommend hydrating the water beads in the container you will be using for the sensory bin. I hydrated them in the sink and a couple escaped down the drain, which is not recommended. Here is the link


Looking for something fun to do outside? Below you'll find some helpful tips for Bird watching, a list of fun activities to do outside, and more!

Go Outside & Play

Animals

Look for animal tracks in the mud
Count the number of butterflies you see
Take a walk and try to identify the birds in your area
Go to the Duck Pond and practice your best duck call
Study the bark of a tree with a magnifying glass and see what might be living inside the tree
Go outside and sit quietly, listen for animal sounds
Flip over rocks and search for lizards
Practice Backyard Birding

Art

Make nature art with things you found in your backyard
Do Sibley Nature Center's Scavenger Hunt
Find five leaves that are different colors or shapes
Make a leaf print using rocks & paint
Plant a seed and watch it grow
Play in the dirt! Make mud pies!

Outdoors

Visit the Fiddle Sticks Farms
Learn how to use a compass
Explore a local park or the Sibley Nature Center
Take a bike ride on the Sibley Nature Center Trails
Make an outdoor resort for all your toys
Play I SPY using only clues that describe nature