Thursday, May 28, 2009

Frog Hunt

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Today we went on a frog hunt at the Hudson Gardens, a botanical garden in Littleton.  It was a great activity!!

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We went with out home school group and I’m pretty sure the whole group had a great time.  The weather was perfect! 

Hudson Gardens provides self-guided activities to each group that comes based on the topic chosen.  Last fall we went there and did an activity about leaves.  I really think their program is great, the activities are fun and you choose the age group it should be geared towards.  Today we read a DK book about the lifecycle of a frog.  After that we went to the pond and looked for tadpoles.  We saw a bunch of them, all HUGE, I’ve never seen tadpoles so big.  I think most of them were at least 4 inches long.  After finding tadpoles we did a game activity where the kids were given cards of the frog lifecycle and they all took turns putting them in the correct order.  There was a really cool board included that had models of each stage attached to it and the kids used that to check if they had the cards in the right order.  Then we moved again to another spot and did a quick activity on the foods that frogs eat. 

Then we handed out the binoculars which were provided and we walked around a pond looking for full grown frogs.  Amazingly we didn’t see any although there were a billion tadpoles.  I’m not sure where they all were!

At this point the kids were all hungry so we got our lunches and headed to the picnic area.  On our way there we finally saw a frog and he was absolutely giant.  The frog in the picture at the top of this post is about 2/3 the size of the huge one, unfortunately I didn’t get a picture!

After lunch the kids played and played.  There was tree climbing as well as various other games under the trees.  It was great!

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At the end of our tour we watched the trains.  They have a wonderful train set up and the kids were in awe.

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All in all it was a wonderful day!  We will definitely be going back to Hudson Gardens for another field trip.

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