Science for Littles: Camouflage

A well-camouflaged moth

We were playing outside when Emma nearly stepped on this moth, prompting a discussion of camouflage and how many animals are designed to blend into local vegetation. I brought out our magnifying glass, and all three kids examined the moth closely:

Looking at a well-camouflaged moth
Then they found a bunch of other things to look at through the magnifying glass:

Johnny picks a leaf to look at through the magnifying glass

And eventually turned to general goofiness:

Emma clowns around with the magnifying glass
We put the magnifying glass away when they decided to see how far its hinges would bend in the wrong direction…

I’m linking this post up to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom and Show and Tell at ABC and 123.


  1. maryanne says

    @Two Chicks and a Hen – Great kids think alike? =)

    It is a great magnifying glass, it took me a while to hunt it down, but I’m glad I did! It even folds flat for storage – which, of course, is why it HAS hinges to bend…

  2. says

    There is no better activity here then when we pull out our magnifying glass. Selena just absolutely loves using hers. What a great way to explore camouflage!


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