Lil’ Buds learn about ‘eggs’ at Chapman

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm Six children learned all about animal eggs on Friday during the “Lil’ Buds: Eggs” program held at the Environmental Learning Center at Chapman State Park. The program was led by Jennifer Moore, environmental education specialist at Chapman.

A group of youngsters took some time out from summer fun to have fun learning all about the many types of eggs that animals lay.

The “Lil’ Buds: Eggs” program was held at the Environmental Learning Center at Chapman State Park on Friday. Jennifer Moore, environmental education specialist at Chapman, led the youngsters through several interactive egg-centered activities.

The group gathered around Moore as she read and showed pictures of all types of animal eggs from the book “An Egg is Quiet.” She asked the group what kind of animals lay eggs. The instant response was “birds.” One of the children added “frogs.” Moore then pointed out many other animals including fish, salamanders, turtles, lobsters, and crickets.

Moore went on to show the children how eggs can be colorful, shapely, pointy, tubular and even clever. “Some eggs are camouflaged for protection,” she said. She then added that eggs come in all different sizes and can be artistic and even textured. “Eggs can even be fossilized, like dinosaur eggs,” she said. With that revelation, many of the children chimed in to tell Moore about the eggs they have seen.

Moore then pulled out two cases containing many examples of animal eggs. She methodically identified every single egg in each case. One member of the group then asked Moore if the eggs were real. “No,” she replied. The next logical question was then posed. “Where do they come from,” one child asked. “I order them,” Moore replied. The answer seemed to suffice.

After the group examined the many types of eggs, they hatched a plan to create paper eggs. White paper, yellow paint and small fingers soon formed eggs of their own.

As the paint dried, the group scrambled outside to find some eggs of the sweet variety. Each child successfully located three egg-shaped treats to take with them after the program.

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