Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gill

Meet Gill. He was a member of our family for about three weeks and was named for a character on Bubble Guppies. Sam caught him outside and wanted to keep him (and was the one who named him). It was a great science project for us. We got online and researched what type of frog he was (grey tree frog), what he eats (crickets), what his life was like (nocturnal, hides in foliage during the day) and how to prepare a home for him (we made a habitat box). We had a blast getting crickets at the pet store and feeding him, watching him swim, and croak at his reflection in the mirror. 

Sam was especially fond of him.




After a few weeks, Gill wasn't eating as much, so we decided to release him. I had to snap a few pictures of Sam saying his good byes...this was the first time I let the kids handle him as we learned that frogs have sensitive skin and hate to be touched (we read this factoid online, not from firsthand experience, thank-you-very-much).

I carried a bug-box with me as a kid (even prissy girls can like critters) so this little biology experiment was a blast for me too! I love the nurturing side it brought out in the kids and how they instantly wanted to know everything about him and do some research.

9 comments :

Crystal said...

How fun! :)

MomofBoys said...

Awwww, how sweet. Love the pics of Sam. You were brave to have it in your house... I just know we would have had a frog on the run! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Ashley said...

We have a "Hoppy" that we found. He didn't stick around as Gill did but he was so much fun for the kids.

Jodi said...

That is just too cute!!

Ashley Paige said...

So, so sweet! And I love how you researched it with them and turned it into a complete learning experience! I just love those pictures.. Hope you have a great weekend!

Diana said...

You are just the coolest mom ever.

Jen said...

So sweet...I love the picture of him kissing Gill.
I didn't know that frogs had sensitive skin...good to know.
I love this post :)

Natalie said...

Aww that is sweet. Sad you couldn't keep him though but sounds like Sam had fun and learned a lot.

Jen said...

I love it-awesome pics! We actually have two very big water frogs as pets. Not very cuddly but my little man loves them.