My kids enjoy catching creatures that happen to enter our yard. We take the opportunity to examine and identify them. Simple lessons like these are the source of much learning.
This is a very small ringneck snake.
It is very easy to identify especially with the Snakes of Massachusetts site.
This is ds#1 staring at an enormous bug the kids saw sitting on our glass door.
It's a true katydid. I can't wait to show them the picture in the guide tomorrow.
We have many dragonflies in the yard (they eat mosquitoes so they are both beautiful and helpful) and my kids love to catch them by their tails. The large ones are tough because they are fast, but ds#1 was able to get a huge green one today.
After looking at the delicate wings and the large, powerful mouth parts, he let it fly off into the woods.