There are four new pairs of wellies in this house… and they have opened up a whole new world to us…
… a very small, very magical world.
We’ve been creek walking… and bringing home mini monsters in jelly jars.
We’ve been huddled ’round the microscope, holding our breath and watching, completely smitten with the weird and wondrous things that live in the water… things with horns and tails and bodies that envelope and absorb their prey.
And yeah… I think that no matter how hot it gets this summer, they’ll never, EVER, be tempted again to drink the water straight from the lake or river. Lesson learned.
In the case that you’re interested in investigating some smaller than small life forms too, here’s some of our favorite resources and refereces:
1. We have two microscopes. Both were gifts. One is very very fancy and one is this very modest starter model. I have to tell you that while the fancy one is really neat and very powerful, the “lesser” one works just about as well for our purposes. So, if you are thinking of delving into the microscopic world but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, I think that you’ll be very pleased with this starter version.
2. A World In a Drop of Water – a fascinating look at common water critters and the history of microscopy.
3. The World of the Microscope – a perfect companion to a new microscope. Lots of ideas for experiments and investigations to be found here.
4. Adventures With a Microscope – A small book packed with information – 59 activities for microscope exploration!
5. Pond Water Zoo – why oh why oh WHY don’t they reprint this one? We keep on borrowing it and one of these days I’m going to have to break down and fork over the cash for a copy of our own. It’s that good.
Here’s to small wonders!