Do our pink, purple, and blue coats help us to camouflage on this rainy day? Not quite, but the brown fur of squirrels and gray feathers of chickadees make them tricky to see!
We started our day with camouflage art and coloring. We also tested which of our classroom animals can camouflage best in leaves. We discovered that the purple fish was easy to see but the brown snakes and bears were difficult to spot. We also discussed the differences between camouflage and hiding. Although many animals that use camouflage are also good at hiding, it’s the colors and patterns of their fur, feathers, scales, or skin that let them camouflage.
Our story today, Animals in Camouflage, described many different habitats. We had to guess which animals blended in with these environments. This book was a great opportunity to practice raising our hands with guesses and practice waiting our turn to speak.
After our story, we created turtles with nature camouflage. We found out that the legs and heads of our turtles even blended in with our classroom tables.
Outside on our hike we searched for examples of camouflage. The black squirrels were hard to see against the wet tree trunks and the chickadees feathers blended in with the sky. The blue jays were EASY to see because their feathers stood out against the brown bark. We also found deer tracks and wondered what in the area they would blend in with. We became a small herd of deer standing next to trees and tall grasses. We also checked on our eagle’s nest and added more sticks.