Aspire Digs Into the World of the Roly-Poly!
Most kids know a lot about roly-poly’s; they’re cute, they roll up when they get scared and they don’t bite. I wanted the kids to “dig a little deeper” into the world of a roly-poly, but first I gave the kids a little information about these bugs starting with their true name; pill bugs!
So then the digging began! We searched for these little creatures looking closely at where we would find most of them living.
We discovered they live under dead leaves and near the food they like such as strawberries and rotten tomatoes. They also like moist places. Quickly we discovered that the compost bin was a perfect home for them!
The kids crowed around the bin to see hundreds of pill bugs living among the dead decaying leaves and fruit with many other creatures like worms, sow bugs and earwigs.
The kids made many discoveries such as the difference between a sow bug and a pill bug and how much faster a sow bug can walk!
Later we documented our findings and left the garden with some lemon grass to feel, smell and taste!
And of course, I left a basket of goodies for the teachers and parents!
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