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The Science Of Seagulls


Do you like to read with your children?

I know I do.

We read all sorts of books.  Sometimes I pick out the books, sometimes my lad does.  Recently my son picked out a book about seagulls.

It brought back to mind this joke:
“Why don’t seagulls fly over bays?”
“because then they would be called baygulls”.
Makes my son laugh every time, and dad to shake his head.   Yes, simple humor works.

Anyway, back to the seagulls.

We read one page every day as that’s how the subjects are divided up, and then we talk about what we learned.   That learning is obviously sinking in as when we went to the zoo yesterday the lad kept pointing out the gulls and mentioning things like:

“Where do you think his family is?”
“Do you think his nest is close by?”
“That’s a gull right mom?   His wings aren’t right for a tern are they?”

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I love that reading books with my lad inspires him to wonder, things like.. because gulls lay eggs, often with different colours… do the colours tell you what gender the gulls might be?   Can you tell the difference in boy and girl gulls?    What do the gulls do if someone comes along who might want to step on the gulls eggs?


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Other ways you can do science from books:

You can draw a gull or draw their eggs.   You can look up pictures of gulls and talk about how the artists may have chosen the colours to use.  What makes the water look blue from a distance when it’s clear when you hold it in your hand?

Be a scientist.  Gather information.  Form an hypothesis.  Make observations based on that hypothesis.  Document and graph and touch and feel and just use ALL your senses to learn more about the topic at hand.  🙂

When it comes to learning about gulls try the following:

  • get out and fly and kite
  • see how gulls can soar on the wind
  • examine a feather to see how it fits together (doesn’t have to be from a gull).
  • Put oil on your hand to see if it protects your hand from water by dripping water over it.   Does it sit or run off?
  • Practice moving your hand through the water…simulate the webbed foot of a gull or the open toes of a land bird.

Get your children thinking, wondering, and experiencing.   It cements the learning, and it’s fun too. 🙂

Some books that might fuel your own search

  1. Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America
  2. The Gull who lost the sea.
  3. Gulls…Gulls…Gulls..
  4. A Gull’s Story…

Now get out and and learn!  🙂

About the Author Annette

Wife, mother, daughter. Believer in the one true God of the bible, reader, walker, reviewer, thinker. gardener, rabbit raiser, pastor's wife, Homeschooling the lad, Living life and loving it most of the time. Learning daily the importance of Trusting God. You can find me over at A Net In Time (

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