Monday, July 22, 2013

After School Party, Ghost Crab Hunting

Welcome to the After School Link Party!

We just returned from a trip to the beach.  Grandma and Grandpa , my sister and her husband and my other sister's two oldest children joined us.  It was so much fun to have them all with us!  The cousins love spending time together and I am missing them so much right now.  My nephew asked could he stay at our house and I told him yes, absolutely... the only problem is I'm sure my sister wouldn't go along with our plan, darn.  And talk about the grandparent, aunt and uncle spoiling, I think my kids were in heaven.

fun with kids at the beach

Anyway, one of the nights we took the big boys out to look for and observe ghost crabs and whatever else might be out after dark.  They said this was their favorite part of the trip!

Supplies
  • a shell net
  • a flashlight (be mindful of nesting turtles in the area and stay away from them)
  • glow sticks (have the kids wear them to make them easy to spot)
  • a bucket (add some sand and then you can place the crabs in it for a short observation)

ghost crab hunting

How to find ghost crabs
We went out right at dark, which was just before 9:00pm.  We found most of the ghost crabs in the softer sand, right before the high tide line of wet sand.  Ghost crabs blend right into the sand, so look for their movement.  Once you spot one, it's easiest for one person to follow them with the flashlight and the other to use the shell net to catch them.  Be gentle with the net so you don't hurt them.  Place them in the bucket to observe them, release them.

Observe
Their shell, legs, claws, eyes, they way the move and burrow into the sand.  Try to find their tunnel in the sand.  Talk about why they come out at night, their coloring, characteristics of crustaceans etc.  

Resources

What have you done this week?

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1 comment :

Raising a Happy Child said...

I can see why the boys loved it. What an adventure and some learning to boot! It looks like you are having a fantastic summer!