Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Owl Puke

I brought home an owl pellet kit for my daughter today. We dissected the pellet with two felting needles and a pair of tweezers. I've dissected many an owl pellet, so I was very very disappointed not to find a skull in our pellet. But - based on the shoulder blades - our pellet contained a rodent (mouse), not a shrew or vole or bird. I wish the Owl Puke kit had come with wooden dissection tools and a little magnifying glass like other kits, but the tray that came with it is cute. It's got spaces for vertebrae, ribs, skull, leg bones, etc. Picking up tiny bones with tweezers provides fine motor skill practice, and it's so much more fun than a handwriting worksheet.

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