Why Horses Can’t Wear Flip Flops

  1. Draw a timeline starting with a picture of the dog-sized horse ancestor on the left, leave some room, and end with the modern horse we know on the right. In the middle draw what you think the horses that came in between looked like as they evolved to have less and less toes.
  2. As horses evolved they only needed one toe to run really fast. The other toes became ‘vestigial’ meaning they weren’t needed anymore and then disappeared. Humans also have vestigial body parts, can you guess what they are?
  3. One of the biologists who studied horse toes is Brianna McHorse. She has an aptronym name – meaning her name sounds like her job. Can you make up some other aptronyms for different jobs?

That’s Nuts!

  1. Do you have a lot of things like clothes, toys, or books? Try organizing them the way squirrels do with their nuts – by chunking different kinds of things together.
  2. Think about a place you know well like your bedroom or classroom. Close your eyes and use the map in your brain to “see” every part of it. Can you remember exactly where every little object is (like squirrels with their nuts)?
  3. Giant squirrels make great nut organizers – if you don’t mind a hundred holes in your yard! Think of another small furry (or feathered or scaly or slimy!) creature you would want to make person-sized using Mindy’s shrink wand.

Hey Onion! You’re Makin’ Me Cry!

  1. Mindy went inside an onion cell when she shrunk herself. What kind of cell would you like to check out if you had a shrink wand?
  2. Would you ever take a bite out of a raw onion like Guy Raz did?
  3. Do you have a big WOW idea about how to stop the onion tears? Try out these baked onion rings together and see if you can NOT cry!
    1. In a bowl stir up 1 1/2 cups of breadcrumbs with 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
    2. In another bowl beat two eggs.
    3. *Grownup Job* Slice two large onions into rings — careful not to cry!
    4. Dip the onion rings into the egg and then coat with breadcrumbs
    5. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
    6. Bake for 20 minutes at 375-F

Thank you! Thank you!

  1.  We are so grateful to all of our Wowzers for joining us on a #SummerOfWow!  List three things that made you say “WOW” this summer?
  2. Imagine you’re put in charge of a new exercise class that mixes physical exercises with gratitude exercises. What would this new class look like? What would it sound like? And most importantly, what would you call it?
  3. Reggie is in much need of a STAYcation to rest his wings after all of our adventures!  What are some things you would do on a vacation at home?

Mucus Mansions & Pooping Plastic

  1.  If you had Mindy’s special submarine, which can drive across the country and dive into the ocean, what kind of scientific adventures would you go on?
  2. Can you come up with an invention based on the way that the giant larvacean eats that would filter the microplastics out of the oceans?
  3. Mindy mentioned that even if the microplastics are filtered out, there is still a ton of plastic from our trash which ends up in the ocean. Can you think of a way for people to stop using so much plastic or to keep the plastic in our garbage from getting into the ocean?