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Bats, Spiders, Webs, OH MY!

October 30, 2015 - Preschool, Preschool Weekly

This week the Nature Preschool at Irvine was imagining the sounds of swooping wings in the night and the tickling touch of our favorite 8 legged, creepy crawly friends. The children helped us list what they know about spiders – which was a whole lot! We did more research through stories, games and hands-on activities! We encountered so many interesting animals in the classroom and out on the trails! We were lucky enough to spot marbled orb weaver spiders, katydids, grasshoppers and a barred owl! We explored one animal we knew would not be out and about because this nocturnal creature would be sleeping! Can you guess what it may be? It is the only flying mammal, sleeps hanging by its toes and use echolocation to hunt for food in the night! That’s right! A bat! We hiked on the wetlands trail and observed the bat box! We noticed it was a tight, dark spot. We started to notice areas in nature that were similar. Maybe a bat would enjoy sleeping in a dark hollow tree, or maybe in the area underneath an uprooted tree!

Some highlights from this week were:
-Making spider webs in the woods
-Playing Bat and Moth- A game that touches on echolocation
-Making Apple Cider with Mr. Brooks and the apple cider press
-Making scarecrows in the Chipmunk class

Take a look at all the fun we had this week in our picture gallery!

Wild in webs,

The Nature Preschool at Irvine