Virtual Learning Series, Part 7

Looking for some ideas to delight, educate and inspire you and your family at home? The Maymont Environmental Education Team has some great suggestions.

Take a look at this week’s recommendations from Environmental Educator, Stu.

Book Suggestion: Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper by Tololwa M. Mollel

This is a modern retelling of an old Maasai tale. The animals of the forest learn that there is a fearsome monster living in the cave. Can they band together to save their home? However, is the monster truly fearsome or is this a lot of hot air? Tololwa Mollel is also the author of 16 other wonderful children’s books. This was one of my favorite bedtime stories growing up and I hope you enjoy the wonderful lesson at the end of this book!

Craft Suggestion: Suncatchers

I love a craft that is simple and polished. Not only do you have the freedom to really find your own supplies from the natural world, but this creates an end result that really looks amazing. Have fun with this and bring some of the natural beauty of the outside into your home!

Favorite Animal Fact:

Bobcats will cover up their leftovers and return to eat them much later. Bobcats can catch prey that are far bigger than them, so they often need to hide all the remaining food. This is called caching. Many animals do it! Cougars do this as well and you may even see your house cat doing this. If your cat ever tries to cover its food or paws around their food bowl, they are showing signs of instinctual caching.

Movie Suggestion: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

This is a movie that is in my all-time top 10. The music is beautiful and wildly underappreciated. The character designs are unique and fun. But most importantly, the movie has an unlikely hero who leaves us all stunned by his heroism and sacrifice. As someone who works with animals, I love how Hiccup used his zoological knowledge about dragons to his advantage during training.

Youtube Video Suggestion: Stoffle, the Badger that can escape from anywhere! 

I don’t want to spoil this video. Please watch and know that the BBC actually has an entire hour-long documentary on Honey Badgers called Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem. This is just a clip from the full-length documentary. Please enjoy the antics of the rescued Honey Badger, Stoffle.


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