One of the easier things to teach your kids about natural selection is the tendency for animals to adapt a coloration reflective of their environment. It helps them avoid being eaten, as well as to sneak up on their food.
Nature walks are a good time to discuss this adaptation – and easy to do anywhere worms, bugs, birds and other critters are at hand. We came up with a fun way to play with the idea using a handful of Bee’s toys.
I set a bunch of little rubber critters out for her – and put a colorful blanket or two around the room to help with colors that aren’t already in our living room environment – then instructed her to ‘hide’ the toys on places where their colors blend in.
Here are the results:
And here is the example of what not to do. If you are an orange grasshopper, hanging out on a rust colored couch, don’t be surprised if Godzilla eats you.
Here’s a great list Kathy Ceceri compiled with kid-friendly sites about natural selection.