September 2012

Animal water source

This simple science activity is fun for the whole family.

Yesterday I hosted our monthly science club at a nature center only to be shooed into the basement during a tornado warning! As we huddled together waiting for the sirens to pass, I must admit that I was pretty proud of my daughter, who only found the whole experience to be as interesting as any other. The staff also showed us their herpetology room, which was so cool of them—and the mama deer and her two babies stopped by the viewing window for a visit, which was delightful.

We got to finish most of our projects, though, which were simple animal water source bowls. To make these, you can use anything you have around the house—a pie pan, an empty ice cream container, a cereal bowl, whatever. As long as it’s sturdy enough to withstand the elements, you are good to go.

You could just place this dish outside for animals to use, but where’s the fun in that? I brought along a bunch of permanent markers for the kids to decorate their bowls with. We had everything from skulls to fake pebbles, sunbursts to flowers decorating the bowls. They were all very creative—and the one boy who didn’t want to create one still got to bring home a water source.