In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity is best done outside, but you can keep the log on newspaper or a plastic tarp and do the activity inside.
Observe the outside of the log with the children. Look for moss, bracket fungus, lichen, and other living things. Ask:
Now ask the children what they think the inside of the log might look like. Use a can opener, bottle opener, or a knife to open up the rotting log. Observe what you find.
Have the children feel the bark gently as well as the inside of the log (do this carefully making sure there are no biting insects such as centipedes). Notice places where the wood is spongy and soft, notice others where it is crumbly. Sniff the rotting log. Ask:
See what kinds of critters you find inside. Explain that bacteria and fungus are the main decomposers, but insects such as beetles, maggots, and ants help break up the bark and wood and allow more air (oxygen) in.
Hand out magnifying glasses and allow the children to get a closer look at the hidden life inside the decaying wood.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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