Saturday, December 17, 2016

Oh, Deer!

Our MWF preK classes know so much about moose, elk and deer.  Here are few things you can discuss with your child:
  • Moose are the largest of the deer family.
  • We do not have moose or elk in our area but a lot of white tailed deer.
  • Moose, elk and deer are mammals.  They are covered with fur.
  • The males have antlers.  The antlers fall off (shed) and the males grow bigger antlers.
  • Moose, elk and deer are herbivores.
  • Males...moose and elk are bulls.  Male deer are bucks.
  • Females...moose and elk are cows.  Female deer are does.
  • Babies...moose and elk are calves.  Baby deer are fawns and have spots when they are young.
  • So many great vocabulary words-mammals, herbivores, shed and more.
We made Rudolph. Lots of teacher directions!

Fun Food Friday was Moose Munch Mix! Moose are herbivores so we had sticks (pretzel sticks), seeds (sunflower and pumpkin seeds), hay and grass (potato sticks), snowballs (yogurt raisins), pine cones (Cheerios) and wild berries (m & m's).  It was a tasty treat!
Other options for Moose Munch Mix---chocolate Cheerios or Cocoa Puffs for pinecones, mini marshmallows for snowballs and Captain Crunch Oops! All Berries, raisins or dried cranberries for wild berries.  You are only limited by your imagination. 

Want to do more?  Read the classic children's book If You Give a Moose a Muffin  by Laura Numeroff and make these easy muffins---

1 box cake mix (chocolate, butter pecan, lemon and spice are all delicious)
1 cup oatmeal (if you want you can pulse in the food processor before adding)
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter (I've used vegetable oil and it worked fine)

Mix cake mix and oatmeal. Add milk, eggs and butter. The batter is really thick. Spoon into a cupcake pan lined with paper cupcake liners. Fill about 1/2 way. Bake at 400* for about 13 minutes. Makes about 18 muffins.

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Enjoy learning about moose, elk and deer with your child!

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