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Deep Blue Discoveries DIY Ocean in a Bottle Chase away those winter blues with this fun creation that doubles as a science project! Create your very own ocean waves in a bottle with this simple four step interactive craft project.

What you need:

WILD Trivia

• Large plastic bottle • Water • Blue food coloring • Vegetable oil • Shells and/or plastic creatures

Marine Species

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Less than ___% of the ocean surface has been explored by humans? A. B. C. D.

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1. Fill bottle halfway with tap water.

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2. Add several drops of food coloring & swirl together.

What is the largest animal on the planet? A. B. C. D.

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Follow these easy steps:

Finback whale Sperm whale Humpback whale Blue whale

3. Add sea creatures/shells. 4. Fill the rest of the bottle with oil, leaving a little air space at the top. Optional: Use a layer of hot glue (ask a parent to help) around the outer edge of the cap for added protection from leakage.

How many species thrive in the deep sea where no light penetrates the ocean waves? A. B. C. D.

Try this: • Gently rock the bottle on its side to create waves inside your ocean habitat! • The more you shake the bottle, the more the bubbly the ocean becomes. Set your bottle down occasionally to let the bubbles settle, and then start all over again. • Turn this craft into a science project! Explain to your little one why oil and water don’t mix. Make a conservation connection by also explaining how oil spills can effect marine life and the environment.

Over 8,000 Over 12,000 Over 17,000 Over 21,000

Answers located on bottom of page.

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These photos show close-up views of marine life. Can you identify what’s in each picture? Answers located on bottom of page.

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Wild Trivia Answers: 1. A; 2. D; 3. C; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Blue Tang; 2. Discus Fish; 3. Humpback Whale; 4. Octopus; 5. Sea Lion; 6. Sea Turtle; 7. Starfish; 8. Tiger Shark

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DIY WINTER BIRD FEEDER (from www.momtastic.com)

Arctic? Or Antarctic? The part of the world known as the Arctic is made up of the Arctic Ocean plus parts of Alaska, Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. On the other side of the world, the Antarctic is made up of the frozen continent of Antarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean. Do you know which of these animals live in the Arctic, and which ones live in Antarctica?

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Spending most of their time on sea ice, polar bears are the world’s largest land carnivore. During periods of summer ice melt, some polar bears have been known to swim almost 100 miles in search of new territory to hunt for seals. Polar bears can be found in: a. The Arctic b. Antarctica

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Emperor penguins are the largest species of penguin, with an average height ranging from 44 to 48 inches tall! They huddle close together in large groups to keep themselves, and their friends, warm. You can find emperor penguins on the ice of: a. The Arctic b. Antarctica

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The walrus is a relative of seals and sea lions that can weigh up to 4000 pounds! Walrus use their long teeth called tusks to fight, show off, and also as hooks to pull itself out of the freezing water and onto the ice. Walrus can be found in: a. The Arctic b. Antarctica The eyes of the colossal squid are the largest of any animal in the world, close to the size of a soccer ball! Colossal squid are very rarely seen since they live up to 1000 feet below the surface of the water. Colossal squid can be found deep beneath the ice of: a. The Arctic b. Antarctica Answers located on bottom of page.

What you need: • Cardboard tube • Peanut butter • Knife • Birdseed • Ribbon • Empty box • Scissors • Parental Supervision

Follow these easy steps: 1. Spread a coating of peanut butter over the cardboard tube 2. Pour birdseed into an empty box. There should be a thin layer of seed covering the bottom of the box. 3. Roll the cardboard tube in birdseed so the seeds stick to the peanut butter, covering the tube. 4. Thread a ribbon through the tube and tie ends together into a knot. 5. Hang the feeder outside near your window and watch the birds feast!

Try this: Keep track of how many different types of birds come to visit the feeder! A birdwatching guide can help you identify each one.

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These photos show close-up views of animals that live in freezing cold environments. Can you identify the animal in each picture? Answers located on bottom of page.

Wild Trivia Answers: 1: A • 2: B • 3: A • 4: B; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Arctic Hare 2. Narwhal 3. Canadian Lynx 4. Emperor Penguin 5. Moose 6. Polar Bear 7. Musk Ox 8. Walrus

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Winter may be the time of year that most people want to bundle up inside and stay warm, but many animals stay active throughout the colder months. Hang this quick and easy bird feeder outside and see who decides to come by for a snack!

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DIY CLOTHESPIN SLOTH FAMILY (found on momaleblog.com)

WILD Trivia Some animals have names for their young ones that can sometimes sound silly! Can you answer the following trivia about the names for different animal babies?

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Sloths are known for spending their days hanging from the trees and branches of their rainforest homes. These sloths, made from cardboard and clothespins, can hang out all around the house!

Baby kangaroos are referred to as _____

What you need:

a. Jimmies

c. Bobbies

b. Rickys

d. Joeys

• Cardboard • Clothespins • Scissors • Glue • Markers / Colored Pencils

What is the term used to describe a baby crocodile? a. Polliwog

c. Shoat

b. Hatchling

d. Crocokid

Follow these easy steps: 1. Sketch out a shape for the body and head of your sloth on a piece of cardboard

A young fox is known as a _____

2. Using scissors, carefully cut on the lines.

a. Kit b. Kid

3. Use markers to decorate your sloth. Make it unique! And don’t forget to decorate the clothespins with claws!

c. Cub d. Pup

A baby echidna is called a _____

4. Using glue, attach the clothespins to the body of your sloth

a. Plop b. Poppin

Try this:

c. Puggle d. Plush

• Clip together multiple sloths to create a whole family! Use the clothespins to hang them wherever you please!

Answers located on bottom of page.

• Make this an eco-friendly project by creating your own sloth family out of waste/recycled cardboard.

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These photos show close-up views of young members of all different species. Can you identify what’s in each picture? Answers located on bottom of page.

Wild Trivia Answers: 1: D • 2: B • 3: A • 4: C; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Alpaca 2. Radiated Tortoise 3. Red Panda 4. Howler Monkey 5. Red River Hog 6. Prehensile Tailed Porcupine 7. African Elephant 8. Cheetah

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DIY WILD Animal Origami Bookmarks

WILD Trivia It’s WILD about WILDLIFE month! Love animals? Love reading? Hate folding the corner of your page to mark your place. Then these wild critter bookmarks are here to save the day! They’re easy to assemble and simply adorable.

Join us in celebrating the importance, diversity and wonder of all species.

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What you need: A.

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Follow these easy steps:

True or False. A rhino’s horn is made of hair. A.

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1. Take a square piece of paper and fold it vertically and horizontally. 2. One large square is divided into four small squares, cut out 1/4 square with scissors. 3. Draw the diagonal line on two opposite squares, cutting outer portion of lines, leaving one square and two triangles.

True or False. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. A. B.

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• Colored paper • Scissors • Glue • Pen/Pencil

True or False. Octopus have four hearts.

4. Apply glue over one triangle and place another triangle over it.

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5. Now your basic bookmark it ready! Add eyes, nose, teeth and eyes for your own unique critter!

True or False. A honeybee flaps it’s wings 200 times a second. A. B.

Try this: • Create an entire series of adorable critters for all of your books. It’s also a fun back to school craft! • Try making these bookmarks out of recycled paper. • Turn this craft into a learning experience. Explain to your little one why it is important to save and protect all species.

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These photos show close-up views of interesting animals. Can you identify what’s in each picture? Answers located on bottom of page.

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Wild Trivia Answers: 1. B; 2. A; 3. A; 4. A; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. African Painted Dog; 2. Blue Jay; 3. Chimpanzee; 4. Fox; 5. Rattlesnake; 6. Ring-tailed lemur; 7. Siberian tiger; 8. Takin

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Backyard Nature Fun DIY Pinecone bird feeder Grab the kiddos and get outside with this fun and interactive craft project. These super simple pinecone bird feeders are a great way to use natural resources and make something nice and delicious for our feathered friends this spring!

What you need:

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• Pinecone • String/Twine • Mixed bird seed • Peanut butter

How long can a river otter stay under water? A. 5 minutes

Follow these easy steps:

B. 8 minutes

1. Tie your string onto your pinecone.

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2. Now the fun (and kinda’ messy) part – spread the peanut butter onto your pinecone bird feeder, filling in all the gaps.

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How many vertebrae make up the neck of a giraffe?

3. Once completely coated, roll your peanut buttery pinecone in the bird seeds – making sure it’s nice and compact.

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4. And presto – your pinecone bird feeder is done! Before you know it, your new feeder will be the talk of the trees, and because they are so quick and easy to make, as soon as all the treats have been eaten off one cone, hang another for their hungry appetites!

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What is the largest mammal in North America?

Try this:

A. Moose

• Have a backyard bird watching adventure! Discover how many bird species you can recognize. Use the Audubon’s Guide to North American Birds as a helpful reference. www.audubon.org/bird-guide

B. Polar Bear C. Bison

• While you’re on the backyard hunt for pinecones, see what other natural items you can find – rocks, acorns, shells, leaves – and bring them to Nature Swap located within Roger Williams Park Zoo’s “Our Big Backyard.” Bring in your found items to collect points toward swapping for items in our collection like fossils, antlers, and pressed plants!

D. Black Bear Answers located on bottom of page.

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These photos show close-up views of Roger Williams Park Zoo animals. Can you identify what’s in each picture? Answers located on bottom of page.

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Wild Trivia Answers: 1. B - 8 minutes; 2. B - 7; 3. C- Bison; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Ankole-Watusi Cattle; 2. White-Cheeked Gibbon; 3. Komodo Dragon; 4. Linne’s Two-Toed Sloth; 5. Chicken; 6. Wrinkled Hornbill; 7. Red Panda; 8. Radiated Tortoise

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Backyard Nature Fun DIY Animal Track Stamps Create your very own critter trails with this fun and interactive craft project, perfect for your animal-loving little one! Construct a story with these fast and simple animal track stamps that can be used again and again.

What you need: • Cardboard pieces • Sponges • Scissors* • Hot glue gun* • Ink • Cardstock

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How many different reptile species are there in the world?

Follow these easy steps:

A. 7,000

1. Pick several different types of animal foot prints you want to make.

B. 8,200 C. 9,500 D. 20,000

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2. Cut pieces of cardboard – we suggest 4”x4” or larger.

What is the most populous mammal on earth (not including humans)?

3. Cut the shapes of each foot print from the sponges.

A. Domestic cats

4. Glue each sponge foot print onto the cardboard and let dry.

B. Domestic dogs C. Pigs

5. Now dunk your sponge into the ink, and dab away to create your own trail tracks all over the cardstock.

D. Cows

Rainforests cover less than what percentage of the Earth’s surface?

Try this: • Try making a set of tracks that tell a story. Is one animal following another, are they running away or walking together? Have fun and see what creative ideas you can come up with!

A. 2 B. 5

• How many animal tracks can you identify? Craft a matching game and see if you can match each foot print with the name of the animal it belongs to.

C. 7 D. 9

*For scissors and hot glue we recommend adult supervision.

Answers located on bottom of page.

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These photos show close-up views of Roger Williams Park Zoo animals. Can you identify what’s in each picture? Answers located on bottom of page.

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Wild Trivia Answers: 1. C; 2. D; 3. A; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Armadillo; 2. Blue Tongued Skink; 3. Ferret; 4. Hedgehog; 5. Opposom; 6. Rainbow Boa; 7. Rat; 8. Red Tailed Hawk

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Credit: www.greenkidcrafts.com

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Tropical Hands-On Fun DIY Rainforest Terrarium Bring the rainforest into your home with this fun and interactive gardening project, perfect for your budding botanist. Create your own ecosystem and watch it thrive!

What you need: • Large jar or bottle • Pebbles/rocks • Moss • Potting soil • 1-3 small tropical plants • Your favorite rainforest animal figures

WILD Trivia Black howler monkey calls can reach up to how many kilometers away? A. B. C. D.

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1. Add an inch of pebbles/rocks and moss on the bottom layer of the planter. 2. Add a small amount of potting soil.

Which of the following has NOT contributed to the destruction of the rain forest? A. B. C. D.

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Follow these easy steps:

2 km 5 km 7 km 11 km

3. Plant your small tropical plants. 4. Add a bed of fresh moss to the top of the soil.

Cattle ranching Farming Mining Fishing

5. Decorate your tropical forest with a few animal figures.

Every 10 seconds, how many acres of rainforest are destroyed? A. B. C. D.

6. Place your rainforest terrarium in indirect sunlight and enjoy all year long!

Learn about the importance of the rainforest by reading with your little one. Check out these top books:

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• The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry • Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown, illustrated by Magaly Morales • Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

Answers located on bottom of page.

• How High in the Rainforest?: Rainforest Animal Habitats - by Monika Davies

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Wild Trivia Answers: 1. B; 2. D; 3. A; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Anaconda; 2. Chilean Flamingo; 3. Giant Anteater; 4. Giant Otter; 5. Howler Monkey; 6. Hyacinth Macaw; 7. Keel-billed Toucan; 8. Piranha

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Backyard Nature Fun DIY Flower Suncatcher Perfect for most seasons, this fun and interactive craft project will bring a splash of color to your window this summer. These fast and easy flower suncatchers are a great way to use natural resources, provide your kids with a rich sensory experience, and spruce up your home!

What you need: • Paper plates • Scissors • Transparent Contact Paper • Flowers/Leaves/Twigs • Yarn/Sting

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What is a baby bison called? A. Fawn

Follow these easy steps:

B. Calf

1. Create a frame for your suncatcher by cutting away the middle circle of your paper plate.

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2. Add a center of transparent contact paper to your frame.

How many feathers does a wild turkey have?

3. Press flower petals, leaves and thin twigs to the sticky contact paper.

A. 1,000-2,000 B. 3,000-4,000

4. Add another circle of contact paper over the top of your design to protect and hold your nature items in place.

C. 5,000-6,000 D. 7,000-8,000

5. Punch a hole at the top of the frame, tie a loop of yarn/string and ta-da! Hang in the window and watch how the light shines through your design.

Up to how many miles away can a grizzly bear smell food?

Try this: • Have a nature scavenger hunt! Discover how many items you can recognize: leaf, rock, ant, butterfly, flower, squirrel, worm, bird, ladybug, spider web, pine cone, and more!

A. 5 B. 12

• While you’re on the backyard hunt, see what natural items you can find and bring them to Nature Swap located within RWPZoo’s “Our Big Backyard.” Bring in your found items to collect points for swapping with items in our collection like fossils, antlers, and pressed plants!

C. 18 D. 24 Answers located on bottom of page.

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Wild Trivia Answers: 1. B; 2. C; 3. C; Guess Zoo Answers: 1. Alligator; 2. Bald Eagle; 3. Bison; 4. Harbor Seal; 5. Pronghorn; 6. Red Wolf; 7. Skunk; 8. Turkey

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Photo credit: messylittlemonster.com

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Inspired by wildlife, try these hands-on activities for you and your little one!

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Inspired by wildlife, try these hands-on activities for you and your little one!

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