Fall Fun: Pumpkin Carving and Zoo Boo Days

The boys wanted to carve pumpkins so badly this year.

I hate carving pumpkins but had promised them that they could carve them this year and I have to say I didn't do all that much to help them.

Other than cutting the hole in the top of the pumpkin Ian did everything for his-- cleaned it out, drew the face, and cut it completely without any help!  Alec (who gags over everything) needed me to clean out his pumpkin for him and, once he drew the three cat faces, talked about what he could and could not cut out.  I did help him carve the whiskers but he did most of the rest of it himself.

Ian helped Evan clean out his pumpkin and then Evan drew his own face.  The two of us took turns cutting the shapes out-- Evan did both eyes on his own and the lower part of the mouth but asked me to cut around all the upper teeth.  All in all I'm pretty impressed with how they came out and how much they were able to do.

Evan carves

We woke this morning and headed to Southwick's zoo for their zoo boo days.  The boys get to trick or treat throughout the zoo.  We went last year and loved it!  It's great.
  • All kids under 12 get in free if they have a costume on and can trick or treat around at a few select spots in the zoo.  
  • They have special creepy crawly presentations and we learned all about scorpions, snakes, millipedes, and something called a vinegaroon (sort of like a scorpion without a tail-- it smells like vinegar and that's how hit got it's name). 
  • We learned that all arachnids have 8 legs and 8 eyes, that all scorpions have venom but not all are deadly or poisonous to humans.  
  • We also leaned that bigger scorpions have less venom than smaller scorpions. 
  •  It was a great presentation and we were excited to once again be learning something new.  (science)
Evan spent much of the day studying maps and telling me where the animals were from.  We read all sorts of new conservation signs and worked on reading comprehension when Ian didn't understand what the signs were saying.  We heard the Siamangs making all sorts of hooting noises and it was pretty neat to see so many of the animals being more active than usual.  We watched the Leopard playing with his ball, jumping and leaping in the air, we watched the gibbons swinging all around their cages, we saw 8 prairie dogs digging holes and tunnels, the rhinos were fed pumpkins today that they wanted to play with... it was great! (Geography and reading comprehension)

the baby porcupette was eating

We watched the gibbon swing around and around his cage

Watching the python climb the glass up to the height of Alec's head!

Even the hyena was out today! 

the boys were given free sticks in the bird aviary & fed parakeets

The parakeets were pretty hungry today!

we caught lots!

we pet them

we watched them fly around

we had so much fun looking at all the colors and patterns

the cheetahs were out

black and white ruffled lemurs-- they're so cute!

checking out a scorpion

the Vinegaroon

learning about millipedes and centipedes  


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