GO! At Home: Week 5


GO! At Home: Week 5

Visit the blog each week to explore activities you can do in your own backyard! This is week 5 of GO! At Home.


Are you a frog hunter? Do lizards and snakes fascinate you? Spring is a great time in Michigan to hear and search for amphibians and reptiles as they are on the move. Get Outdoors and find a spot to listen to a chorus of wood frogs near a pond or wetland, or search for some salamanders, as they are easier to during their spring migration. 

Scientists who study reptiles and amphibians are called herpetologists. Many herpetologists focus on conservation of these species, while others use reptiles and amphibians to assess overall environmental conditions in a particular area. If you are interested in learning more about Michigan’s reptiles and amphibians, Nick Scobel is an amateur herpetologist that has been writing a blog for more than 10 years. He shares a lot of great information for the budding herpetologist and as well as the curious frog hunter.

When you think of reptiles, do you automatically think of snakes? Do they scare you? Luckily we live in Michigan where only ONE snake is venomous.  Take 60 seconds and learn more about Michigan’s only venomous snake:.

Be Creative!

If you can’t go out frog hunting, make your own at home.  An origami jumping frog is a fun and easy project to do with your family.  There are many resources online you can use to make your own. Here’s one with easy to follow steps.

For even more fun, have an origami frog jumping contest!

Be Active!

The Art of Frisbee

Take this time to learn a new skill! A Frisbee can be much more than just tossing around the disc with your family—there are tons of games you can play!

First let’s start with the basics: how to throw a Frisbee. For an easy tutorial led by a girl, watch this video. She walks you through the mechanics of throwing a Frisbee, as well as different ways to catch it.

Once you’ve learned the basics you can set up challenges for yourself. Try to see how far you can throw it (a great excuse to get to a park with your family), how long you can keep the Frisbee in the air, highest you can throw it, most catches and passes you can complete with your family, and whatever else you can imagine!

Want to play some games with your Frisbee? Check out this site with 15 games to try today!

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