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. says

    Very cool! This reminds me of two things: (1) I’ve been meaning to buy my kids a magnifying glass, and (2) Ben called me over last night after the kids were asleep to look at an inchworm who was clearly lost since he was on our newly primed wall. He looked like he had a piece of bark on his back and would have blended perfectly into a tree trunk. The “bark” disguise was 4 times his width and nearly as long as he was.
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..gardening without work – 1st garden update =-.

    • maryanne says

      @jeannine – It’s called the Big View Magnifier from Lakeshore Learning. I tracked it down after seeing it on another blog!

  2. says

    I love how Lily had to be in on the action too. Magnifying glasses are such a useful tool for outside exploration. I keep thinking of getting Anna a better glass than a cheapo one that she has, but she seems perfectly happy with it and I am not worried about scratches and such.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..We Play With Water =-.

    • maryanne says

      @Natalie – We really like this one, if you do decide to get her a nicer one – and it’s less than $10, which was cheaper than some similar ones I was looking at.

      @Ticia – It keeps my kids occupied for a LONG time outside!

      @Our Nifty Notebook – We love it! We got it from Lakeshore Learning:|productSubCat~~p|LC1102~~f|/Assortments/Lakeshore/ShopByCategory/science/suppliesequipment.jsp

  3. says

    Magnifying glasses outside are so much fun. I once remember reading an idea where you use some masking tape to “draw” a square on a particualr area whether it be a tree trunk, a patch of grass etc and then use your magnifying glass to see how many different discoveries you can make within the square. We are yet to do this.

    We have that same progression – all serious and focused and then it gets silly :). Some great learning can still happen when we get silly.

    Your pictures of Lily are adorable, she looks like she has a bubbly personality.

    Emma’s drawings are very impressive. I can imagine that this must be a special father daughter time when your two artists draw together and create not only special pictures but precious memories.

  4. maryanne says

    @Elise – We should try that masking tape idea sometime. Lily has a very fun and friendly personality, we have a great time with her and are so glad she is part of our family! And I love Emma’s drawing lessons with Mike =)

    @Jen – I love that my kids can learn and have fun at the same time =)

  5. Two Chicks and a Hen says

    Wow–I agree, that is a very cool magnifying glass. I might add it to our Christmas list. And I’m sorry, but I had to laugh about their experiment bending it in the wrong direction. It’s very much something that would happen in my house.
    .-= Two Chicks and a Hen´s last blog ..How We Celebrate Half-Birthdays =-.

  6. 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…

  7. 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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