Nature is full of surprises! The more time we spend in nature, the more hidden secrets are uncovered. Sometimes you might think that a plant or animal behaves a certain way and then as you take time to explore and observe them, they can reveal so many new and surprising things about themselves. This was the case for Scout & the Gumboot kids as they solved The Case of The Pebble Eaters.
“When you are visiting a farm,
don’t forget to say hello,
to the chickens and the hens,
and the roosters in their pens.
They’ll tell you something you should know,
about chicken scratching, egg hatching,
keeping busy, wings flapping,
waking you up at dawn.
Because they’re birds of a feather,
they like to stick together,
cluck cluck scratch
and a cocka-doodle-doo to you!”
Isn't it wonderful to discover that chickens love looking for pebbles too? Next time you are on a nature walk, look for 4 small twigs and 2 kinds of pebbles to bring home so you can play Nature Tic-Tac-Toe.
You will need 4 pebbles for each player so look try and find 2 groups of pebbles with differences. Maybe you can find sets that are dark and light in colour, round and flat in shape, or rough and smooth in texture. If you can't find groups of pebbles that are different, use your craft paints to paint them different colours when you get home. Once they are dry you are ready to play! CLICK HERE for a printable with the full instructions on how to set up & play. And remember to always be kind and patient when you play games with your friends!
Scout's Mindful Moment...
“When you are visiting a farm, it’s fun to pay attention to each of the animals. Notice what they eat. Where do they sleep? We can learn a lot about creatures by simply observing them. I like to draw what I see in my field notes.”