Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bicycles and Butterflies

Can you imagine what my beautiful, safety conscious, slow pedaling, loves to brake on her bike girl did today? 

 She decided she wanted to ride without training wheels and boy did she figure it out fast!

She's usually very causious and goes very slowly on her bike and I wasn't sure she would pedal fast enough to be able to balance without the training wheels on, but she did it! We only had one minor crash which required a bandaid on the knee, but other than that she just took off and did it.

After biking in the morning we packed a quick snack to go for lunch and headed out the the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center to tag Monarch Butterflies. We've done this in past years and the kids always seem to enjoy it. We sure missed the big kids, but the little girls had lots of fun!

 Posing with their nets.

 K-sis showing off her first butterfly. It was a boy.

 K-baby showing off the two monarchs we caught in one net. She was sure to hold the net closed tight so they wouldn't escape.

 Mrs. Stoddard telling us about Monarchs! You can tell she has a passion for sharing nature with kids.

 K-sis learning how butterflies taste with their legs. I didn't know that.

 K-baby getting ready to release her Monarch. We're hoping that our butterflies make it all the way to Mexico and get caught again so we can learn how far they flew!

We tagged 4 butterflies and plan to go back sometime before we head to KS to try tagging again. We would have had a few more, but I wasn't very good at dropping the net on them while trying not to damage the butterfly or plant. 

I'm so glad that we are able to get out and do so many FREE, FUN activities with our kids and I consider this educational too!

1 comment:

  1. WAY TO GO KAYLEE!! We're proud and super impressed!

    Glad you're having fun with your two youngest Kkids!