Alligators, Beavers and Ducks OH MY!

Such a fun week learning about the animals that live around and on the river.  We found out that rivers support the animals that need constant running water.  The constant running water creates higher oxygen levels.  Secondly we talked about where the river comes from.  So I asked the kids,  their answers were “I don’t know their just there, and from the ocean”.  I explained in kids terms how the river comes from rain, snow and sometimes irrigation.

Some fun facts we learned about the Alligator:

  • Like other reptiles, alligators are cold-blooded.
  • Alligators can weigh over 450 kg (1000 lb).
  • Alligators have a powerful bite but the muscles that open the jaw are relatively weak. An adult human could hold the jaws of an alligator shut with their bare hands.
  • Alligators eat a range of different animals such as fish, birds, turtles and even deer.
  • Alligator eggs become male or female depending on the temperature, male in warmer temperatures and female in cooler temperatures.

In our pics below we made an alphabet eating Alligator,  and the kids loved it!!!  They would turn an alphabet card over see what letter was one there. They would then write in on a paper smash it up and feed the alligator.  This Alligator will be around for a while!! So much fun!

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Lucy practicing her counting and then pulling the alligator teeth out one by one.

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The fun thing about these activities is that the kids actually imagine that this is alligator teeth it becomes real to them.

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Our beavers and their beaver friends!

Fun facts about beavers:

  • The large front teeth of the beaver never stop growing. The beavers constant gnawing on wood helps to keep their teeth from growing too long.
  • Together beaver colonies create dams of wood and mud to provide still, deep water in order to protect against predators such as wolves, coyotes, bears or eagles, and also so they can float food and building material to their homes.
  • Once the dams are completed and ponds formed, beavers will work on building their homes called lodges in the middle. The dome shaped lodges, like the dams, are constructed with branches and mud. Lodges have underwater entrances, making entry tough for most other animals.

Little Nolan loves these magnifying glasses and being able to find the different animals and plant life, pictured below I had asked him where are the things that are blue by the river?

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HAVING A LITTLE FUN WITH OUR RIVER WATERFALL RIBBONS

Math made fun by Mother Goose,  we rolled the dice to see how many ducks to put in the foil boat!  They of course enjoyed watching the boat sink 🙂

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