Friday, October 12, 2012

Nature walk (Forest detectives) in NEC, FRIM

NEC in FRIM has lots of interesting activities to expose kids to nature.
Besides their program, u can also request them to arrange program for u. Last week, we joined a nature walk organized by a homeschooling mom.

Ika from NEC doing the warming up before the nature walk. BTW, it's 8am on Saturday. It's not only the kids that need warming up. I need it too ;-)
Despite the breakfast, somebody was tired very fast. Trailing behind. And I insisted she need to walk on her own coz I ain't carrying her. 
  I need energyyyyyy.
Once energized, she tried to warm up other kid. "Touch this leaf, it's hairy". Only to be ignored by the boy...hahaha.
Most urban kids need some time to get used to nature. To get used to the creepy crawlies and being dirty. If your kids are reluctant to get in touch with nature, do not give up. It takes time. Once they warm up and fall in love with nature, they are on a roll. There is so much to learn from nature.

Peacok fern. Which is actually not a fern. It belongs to moss family. This plant changes colour acccording to humidity.
Ghost finger tree.
Mas from NEC trying to explain the origin of the name.
Brazillian nut and thermites decomposing the nut.
Thermites. I thought they are ants. What's the difference between ants and thermites?
The phenomenon called "Crown Shyness". The Camphor Tree leaf tips appear to shy away from each other, hence forming the gap.
The steep slope.
 The stream after the steep slope.
The girls enjoying themselves.
Checking out the tadpoles.
This is what sisters are for :P
And after a while, they decided to go barefooted.
Leech.
 All of us got bitten except Hajar who really want to get bitten by the leech.

Pokok Senduduk.
One of the therapeutic benefits is to stop bleeding. Emily trying to stop the bleeding from the leech's bite.
Wild berries.
Can this be eaten?? Better not kiddos.
A very pretty mushroom. At least we think it's mushroom ;-)
Stingless bees.
Ipoh tree. 
The latex of the tree is used by the aborigines as the source of blowpipe poison. There is a very nice write up about the Ipoh tree here.
We finished off the nature walk with a story telling by Pauline from GAB.
Stories about Gabby the fish and water. Water pollution, water cycle and water conservation. A great way to finish off the day.
If u r interested in nature, do check out NEC's activity. They have lots of activities for the coming school holiday. You will not be disappointed ;-)


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