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Tools, Toads, Teamwork, and an Impromptu Concert

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The kids wanted to continue their, “work,” from last week, which involved carrying large branches over to the benches and utilizing a variety of strategies for breaking them.
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L. uses our magnifier to look closely at slugs and, later, soil.
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With all the rain we have had there are amazing fungi springing up all over the place! I spent some time with Z’s mushroom book trying to identify this one. Possibly it is Scaly Inky Cap in clusters? The names of mushrooms are fascinating and amusing! I learned that one type we saw frequently last year in the woods behind Lakes is called, “Leafy Jelly Fungus.”
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The evolution of tools! T. made his own, “saw,” and kids took turns exerting a huge amount of physical effort to work their way through this branch with it. The friction created heat that we could feel with our hands on the branch.
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Z. uses the vine bark rope we made last week to haul branches around.
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I used a stick to draw a spider on the underside of this shelf mushroom which I believe is called, “Artist’s Konk,” because it is easy to draw on these with any type of scratchy point or even a fingernail!
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L. and Z. inspect the Artist’s Konk and add their own markings.
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The vine bark rope makes a nice spear holster too.
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More funky fungi!
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Z. enjoyed some alone time in the Vine Village. Sometimes it just feels good and peaceful to be alone and quiet in nature.
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L. is sharing the toads they put inside this critter magnifier. Through the side viewer we can see the bottom of anything sitting in there.
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Toad belly and legs!
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Hello Toad!
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She’s a koala!
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Meditation Rock.
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Two toads and a mosquito! J. and L. worked hard to catch but not kill a mosquito to put inside for them to eat.
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It is important to let the animals go where they were found or in a place where they are less likely to get stepped on.

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We freed this tree from the branches that held it pinned down.
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After a time, all the kids got involved in practicing and performing, “a concert.”
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Drums, mostly…

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L. and J. took turns interviewing each other and making announcements into their, “microphones,” about the ongoing concert. They interviewed me as well!

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What a great concert venue!
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I showed a few of the kids how my “old fashioned” compass works differently than theirs.
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Drumming on rocks, benches, and branches creates different sounds.

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