Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Jake, Oldie, and Pepe the Pill Bug

My girls have a new found interest in pill bugs or “roly-polies”.


For several days there has been talk of a roly-poly race from Dad, but other things have prevented it from happening, including several unintentional roly-poly deaths! Ah, how the girls are learning about being really careful not to squeeze them when they pick them up or step on them or how they need lots of air in the jars that become their new homes. Thankfully this has been without tears and there are many replacements out in the yard. We have now learned about the ideal habitat for our pill bug “pets.”


Today new pill bugs were able to race in a colorful track of end-to-end markers. It was amazing to see how they went forward like in a race with minimal or no help! Keeping encouraging hands away was a challenge.


Jake, Oldie and Pepe neck in neck here…


And nearly to the finish. It seemed the younger or smaller bugs were quicker on their feet. Or maybe they’d been handled less? 


So, a silly thing to blog about, but lots of fun and memories for our family.

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  1. My kids would LOVE that! Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

  2. ha ha ha ! I love a giggle! This made me giggle :) Thanks! I hope the roly-polies come over to It's Playtime to play tomorrow!


  3. Don't all kids love those bugs?! I'll have to share this with my two boys.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  4. I love it! Especially the race track of markers



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