Monday, January 24, 2011

Saturday Safari - Camouflage

This last Saturday Safari we learned all about camouflage; from the mimic octopus which can change into any color and imitate shapes of other sea animals for protection, to the chameleon which changes its colors because of territorial purposes and emotions. We then, watched the special Eric Carle animated movie, “The Mixed up Chameleon.” After that, we took a tour of the museum, and looked at all of the different ways in which animals camouflage themselves; the kids even had a chance to pet a Horned Owl and an Arctic Owl. After the tour we went up to the craft room and made our own animal camouflage shirts. The kids had such a fun time with this Saturday Safari. Next week we will be learning all about animal fur.

Emilie, museum educator

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Saturday Safari - Looking into the Past

On January 15th we spent Saturday Safari by looking into the past. This year we are learning about different animal adaptations, and what better a way to start it than with prehistoric animals? We learned about the Mososaur and its modern day relative the monitor lizard (special appearance by Shi Shi). We also learned about all of the different animals that adapted well in prehistoric times, and the ones that did not quite make it like that Wooly Mammoth. We participated in a small craft, and ended with watching The Land Before Time. This Saturday Safari was so much fun, and next week will be even cooler! We are learning about camouflage!

Emilie, museum educator