Study a Living Thing

Children are naturally drawn to animals of all shapes and sizes. Show them some amazing creature features with these fun activities!

Easy

Magnificent Mimicry

Closeup of a camouflaged butterfly. Photo by Frenjamin Benklin on Unsplash

Mimicry occurs when a plant or animal looks like another species to help it survive. One of the best examples of this is the Monarch and Viceroy butterflies, which have similar colors despite one tasting bitter to predators (Monarchs) and the other not tasting bitter (Viceroys). Try this experiment to explore how Viceroy butterflies use mimicry to trick predators!

Moderate

Bumblebee Bonanza

Photo of a bumbleebee and a superimposed checklist of behaviors - collecting pollen, flying, sitting on flowers, and cleaning its head or body.

Observe bees and beehives and make observations about how changes in their environment affect them.

Challenging

Owl Pellets

Closeup of a bard owl's face.

Find out what’s on an owl’s menu by dissecting an owl pellet - a regurgitated ball of undigested food that is part of an owl’s digestive process. Can you determine what’s in an owl’s food chain by dissecting an owl pellet? Try it!

Advanced

Caterpillar Senses

Caterpillar eating a leaf

How does a caterpillar find its food? What do they eat and which senses do they use to find it?

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