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Most three-year-old’s are not still in cribs, having transitioned to toddler beds long ago. But in this case, Sprout is not “most kids.” He’s never tried to climb out of his crib, uneasy with scrambling down where there isn’t obvious hand and foot-holds. Because there was no great need, we put off the transition as long as possible. But with his third birthday passed, a potty-training blitz coming up, and preschool approaching, we figured it was time. It was only slightly more chaotic than we expected.
This is a series I’m doing using everyday situations to help kids explore science – particularly ecology and biology – more in depth.
PokemonGo, which is massively popular, is based on the idea of capturing wild animals and fighting each other for “research.” As a trained ecologist, I call shenanigans on the scientific validity of this method. But this fun game can help spark conversations about how real wildlife biologists study animals, including trapping them.
I started a new job this week! I don’t talk about my professional life here much, but it’s a great opportunity to do science communication with some fantastic co-workers. Other than immersing myself in articles relating to my new position, I’ve been reading about family biking, pre-natal health, relationships, and dinosaurs.
Some parents have “trick babies” – babies that are just so darn easy that you want to have another one right away. I literally cannot imagine a baby that simple – neither of my kids have been that easy. On the other hand, Little Bird does have some characteristics different from Sprout that I now know to be grateful for.
This is a new series I’ll be doing using everyday situations to help kids explore science – particularly ecology and biology – more in depth.
Baby bunnies are nesting under the slide at my son’s preschool.
The scientific context
Finding baby animals in the wild provides a great opportunity to teach kids about animal behavior and life cycles. Babies are adorable and wild animals are inheritantly engaging.