On Friday, C & I attended a Wildlife Workshop at our local Surestart centre. I had no idea what it was about but thought C would enjoy it whatever it was as long as there was some kind of animal there.
As I suspected, there were lots of bugs and creepy crawlies, the first to be shown around was Scarlett, the tarantula. Now, C is not scared of bugs or spiders but I did wonder how she would react to one that was so big & hairy but I needn’t have worried. As soon as it was out of it’s box she immediately wanted to ‘touch-it-and-stroke-it-and-hold-it-in-her-hand’ which she did! She was really good and sat there with the spider on her hands with no fear at all. The only thing she kept saying was ‘aah, isn’t she nice?’.
Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos which I thought was a bit rubbish, but the Surestart lady took some so I’ll have to go & see if there are any printed out for parents.
She also held a snake, a cockroach, a frog, a giant millipede (which tickled) and stroked a giant snail, lizard (she thought it was a dinosaur), guinea pig, hamster, chinchilla, rat and a rabbit. Of all the animals, the rabbit was definitely her favourite. She ended up laying on the floor with it, having a chat and giving it a cuddle. I think we need to talk daddy into getting
us C one.
It was a really good session, aimed at teaching children to respect animals and to try to show them that, in the right environment, animals aren’t to be feared. I was really proud of C as she was the youngest there and sat nicely to wait her turn like all the others. She was braver than me too, not sure I would have held that big spider!Photo credit