Your Learning Connection #10


Your Learning Connection  |  Vol. 10





Horseshoe Crabs

Who has blue blood and is related to spiders and scorpions? The horseshoe crab! Join naturalist Daryn in the Horseshoe Crab Video below to learn about these living fossils.

To learn more, head to Horseshoe Crabs Facts and visit About Horseshoe Crabs to to find out how these unusual animals help people.

Horseshoe crab blood is the basis of a $50 million industry, but it’s a lot of work to collect horseshoe crabs and process them. Synthetic versions of this special blood have been made, but they just aren’t as good. Horseshoe Crab Blood outlines some of the most recent developments.



Nature Painting

Ready to find your inner artist? Let’s explore some of the rich textures and colors found in nature. Your backyard or local park can be a perfect source for plants, to make both paint and paintbrushes! Try making your own Nature Paint Brushes, which are fun to use with regular or homemade paint. 

Want to try making your own paint? Un-Recipe for Paint gives some great tips for exploring natural painting. Have fun discovering together!




Have you ever let your imagination wander while looking up at the clouds? Have you ever noticed any shapes in the clouds that remind you of other things? Meteorologists, or weather scientists, use the shapes of clouds to predict weather. Learn more about the different shapes, and how you can become a cloud scientist with naturalist Daryn in Cloud Video below

Having trouble remembering all of those different names and shapes? Using Scijinks as a guide, create your own Cloud Chart to help you identify the types of clouds. Then, get outside and start tracking the weather!




Do ants really go marching one by one? Two by two? Three by three? How many ants live together in a colony? Learn more about how ants work together to survive in this Wizz Ant Video. Not only do these tiny creatures have strength in numbers, they are also incredibly strong, and can lift 20 times their body weight. That’s like if you tried to pick up 20 of your friends at the same time! To learn more about the amazing ants found around the world, check out National Geographic KidsNow it’s time to head outside and find some ants of your own. Scientists are always looking closely at the world around them, taking data, and asking questions. Become an ant detective, and see what you can discover using this Ant Counting Activity.


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