First the Photo: New Type of Scavenger hunt: can you name these beautiful birds. Find out if they live in your area.
Second The Questions: Do you know these feathered friends? Do you recognize their colors? Do you know their song? Birds make up the beauty of our homes and communities. Do you know they were once hunted for their plumes, heads and wings to decorate women’s hats, shawls and dresses? How very sad. They are such amazing creatures to watch as they float and flutter on the air, traveling from flower to flower. People have been mesmerized by birds for hundreds of years and they began humans yearn for flight. Can you imagine soaring through the air without the aid of a plane?
Third Next Steps: What do you think makes things more likely to fly? Weight? Surface area? Think of the man made things that can fly. What do they all have in common? How many things can you name? Gather up tape, string, used toilet paper rolls, boxes, old Tupperware containers and garbage of all sorts. Now try to make something that will soar through the air. After you are done bring out a fan or stand up high and release your creation. Does it float and twist in the breeze? If it doesn’t see if you can make modifications to make it fly longer and longer.
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First The Picture: Open Air Markets or Farmer’s Markets are all over America..this is one of the most famous. Do you recognize it? Can you find it on a map?
Second The Question: Have you ever visited a Farmer’s Market and explored the treasures found in each booth? Most markets feature fresh produce, flowers and plants, but some even feature locally caught fish or seafood. What type of things are harvested in your area? Can you name some of the local crops, plants and ag-based products? Can you make a list, based upon the seasons of the year and the things that could be harvested in your area? Try to be as creative as you can. Many markets even feature home-baked products, canned goods and organic products.
Third Next Steps: Take a field trip to a Farmer’s Market as a family. Make a scavenger hunt game out of it. Take the list you made of seasonal products and see who can find all products beginning with one letter, or made from one crop. Explore the booths and come home with one idea that you would like to made or grow yourselves. Bring home all of the ingredients for a salsa, pie or salad. Spend the day enjoying your bounty. It is fun to visit with the people running the booth and learning a bit about life on a farm. Buying local is a wonderful way to celebrate the producers in your area. Dig in!
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