Monday, June 24, 2013

After School Link Party, Road Trip

Welcome to the After School Link Party!

We're on our annual epic "Road trip with Nana" right now!  We've done this for many summers now and look forward to it every year.    

Our first stop was Bird In Hand in the Pennsylvania Dutch country.  It's such beautiful farmland.  

after school link party
watching a hot air balloon over the corn fields

The inn that we stayed at has a small garden that we walked through.  As we were walking, we realized the ground seemed to be moving. There were hundreds of baby toads hopping through the grass!  The kids were crazy excited about these little guys and the questions started to roll.  When we got back to the room, I pulled up a few websites so we could learn more about them.  We're going out to the garden in this morning to observe them again.  Learning can happen anywhere in the most unexpected places!

baby toads via Little Wonders' Days

The baby toads are so small and look very similar to frogs.  I had a hard time deciding whether they were toads or frogs until we found an adult toad.

Websites for learning more about toads:
Enchanted Learning- Overview of toads
Enchanted Learning- Comparing toads and frogs
Enchanted Learning- Venn diagram comparing frogs and toads (we're going to print this and complete it when I get to a wireless printer later this week)

I wished we had a "Frog and Toad" story to read, and found this site for a few stories.
Just Stories Read Aloud"Frog and Toad are Friends" by Arnold Lobel and more!

Little Wonders' Days
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Lindsay said...

What fun!! Sounds like the beginning of a great trip!

Raising a Happy Child said...

How awesome! Enjoy your trip!