I wanted to try something a little different and even unrelated to the main topic of this site. The Lost and Tired family is a family of very little means. As such, we don’t get out as often as we would like to.
Having said that, I thought it would be really cool to demonstrate all the amazing things you can show your kids, without ever leaving your yard.
It’s cost effective, fun and educational, all at the same time.
I’m calling this little mini-series, Backyard Adventures.
What I’m going to do is attempt to show you some of the really cool things that Mother Nature has to share with us. All of these things will be found in my own backyard, literally.
I’m going to use this and try to teach my kids with Autism, all the amazing things that can be found outside in the backyard.
It’ll be like a little adventure everyday.
In my experience, kids with Autism are very hands on learners, at least that’s the case with my kids (yours may very well be different). Of course, the same thing could be said about most kids. 😉
My goal with this is to promote safe exploration, foster the natural curiosity of my kids and do so at a price I can afford to spend.
My hope is that this will encourage others to do the same or at least use what I’m doing to teach their kids.
Okay, with that said, lets dip into our first Backyard Adventure.
This is a picture of a Limax Maximus or Leopard Slug. The Leopard Slug is nocturnal in nature and feeds mostly at night. Limax Maximus feed on dead plants, fungus and even smaller slugs.
They can grow to be 4-8 inches in length and move a whopping 6 inches a minute.
While the Leopard Slug can be found in various places in the US, Europe and a few other continents, this particular one was found in Canton, Ohio and in my very own backyard.
See if you can find a Leopard Slug in your yard. The link above will provide you with all the information you need about our new friend Limax Maximus. Please leave your thoughts and feedback as well as your findings below.
Depending on the response, I will do this more often or at least share what I’m already doing more often. Please let me know what you think.
I hope you and your kids enjoy. Let me know if you’re interested in making this a blog hop sorta thing. 🙂
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I like this idea a lot.! 🙂 I’d also like to know what the kids thought about your find and maybe any questions they had and how you answered them.
That is super cool! I would never imagine something like that would be in your backyard. I think we are going to have to go a lookin’ for one today! Cool feature – I like your idea a lot!