Right after Justin's birth, we did a swap with a friend whom you may know--Lisa contributes to the Keeping Company link-ups and is a fellow Ambleside Online-user. Her family lives on acreage in Virginia, keeps chickens, roams the woods...but doesn't make it to the beach all that often. So they were a great candidate for receiving some of our recent coastal goodies!
She wrote about the darling "ocean museum" her children put together, and shared some of the lovely nature entries it inspired. And I'm so glad our box timed so perfectly with their reading of Pagoo.
But I can tell you that we absolutely got the sweeter end of the deal because she sent us some amazing specimens. My kids were awed that people find items like these right near their homes! And that is why swaps can be so much fun. Most of the things she sent us are things we never see here in Californian suburbia.
|my kids squealed over the snakeskin! also: paper wasp nest, feathers from their hens, alum crystal, and much more...|
**And for my more sensitive readers: avert your eyes!
Lisa asked me in advance if I'd be fine with her sending these last two items, and I practically shouted "yes" because I knew how excited my kids would be!
This dear skull and jawbone they found in their woods. It was almost completely in tact! I just did some slight repairs with a bit of tacky glue on a couple of the teeth that had popped out in route. It's now sitting on our bookshelf.
And that fuzzy guy at the top left is their pet tarantula's molt!
|I'd enlarge this but I'm afraid of scaring the arachnophobes! Click on it to get a better view. ;)|
(By the way, if you'd like to take part in a nature swap, Nature Pal Exchange coordinates regular swaps among homeschooling families. You can also check them out on Instagram to see the fun items swapped in the past.)