Science Sunday: Sea Cucumbers

 

Now who here read that title and said “Sea Cucumbers is that a vegetable?”  I admit I did at first when I first read that part.

 

But, they’re really rather fascinating.  There are two different kinds.  One that just eats sand and filters its food out of it.  The other has large numbers of tentacles and uses the tentacles to bring the food to its mouth.

 

Well after reading all about this we decided to make our own models, but first we needed play dough.

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That accomplished we got busy making our sea cucumbers, I gave them the play dough, tooth picks, and pipe cleaners.

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It was quite a lot of work, much hard work.  You know the type of work that they complain when you say it’s time to stop.

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Horribly hard work.  They really hated this science lesson.

 

Let’s see what others did this week:

By His Design 5 shared about dissecting owl pellets.  She includes a link for where she got hers.  Last time I did this it was artificial owl pellets. 

 

Watch how sounds waves move at All Things Beautiful.

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Great Wall of China

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Little known fact: It’s made of play dough.
NO really.

And, it’s guarded by little play dough men.

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Or, we learned about China, and how they built the Great Wall to keep out the invading hordes, and how better to get it through their thick little skulls (they need to be thick to protect them from their head wounds, I could almost make that a whole category, did you know I almost went to the ER again a few days ago).
And then we learned about the Terra Cotta army, and all of the great detail put into it.  Right now, at 12:42 am I’m not remembering the name of the crazy emperor who decided to build that (though that is an improvement on burying your servants with you), so you’ll just have to wonder.

I think I might go to bed.  See, I have one kid at home right now, and she’s a night owl too (staying up until 10:30 or so), and so I’m staying up way later than I usually would……..

Ha ha ha ha ha, clearing out the drafts page and saw this one in there.  I don’t even know why I almost went to the ER at the end of April.  Shows how common or often it’s been.

the Art Box: painting and such stuff


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The boys continued to have fun with pipe cleaner creations. I think this is going to be the last of these for a while, because they’ve found all the ones I know of that I have.

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Here’s Princess’ description “She’s the bad guy (Jesse from Toy Story) and she trapped the baby and the kitten.” And I was corrected when I called her Jesse, “No Mommy, she’s a bad guy.”

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I’m not sure if this is a self portrait or what it is, but either way she quite happily told me that is a girl.

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Batman happily told me “This is my monster. He is so big he eats people.”

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They invented all sorts of stories with their blocks, sadly I can’t remember most of them. The kids happily told me all of it. Mainly I remember that the ones are “the guys,” and they used the hundreds board for the houses.

So, that’s our COOL art for the week. Most of this isn’t really planned projects, just stuff they found in our house that I didn’t get put away in time. Or let them do to occupy themselves while I worked with their brother or sister.