To See or Not to See

Have you ever gone on an overnight trip with your family, and then in the middle of the night you woke up and you couldn't figure out where you were? Even at home, familiar things look very different if there is little or no light in your room. See if one of your parents will help you try to travel all over your house in the dark without getting lost. You may find yourself noticing little clues that might tell you where you are, like the breeze from an open window or noise from the street. You might know you are in the living room when you hear the ticking of a clock, or that you are in the kitchen by smelling those chocolate chip cookies that you had for dessert last night.

Do you ever wish that you could see in the dark? Some types of sharks can. But since you can't, you'll have to find your way around with a flashlight. You can play flashlight tag or flashlight hide-and-seek. If you want to have a nighttime scavenger hunt, all you have to do is give everyone a list of items to try to find in the dark and then set a time limit for them to try to find them. When the time is up, see who found the most items on the list. If you live by the seashore, your list could include things like a piece of driftwood, a seashell, a shark egg case, and a lobster claw.

Another fun thing to do is take a night walk to see who else is out in the dark. Some creatures such as cats, raccoons, possums, owls, bats, certain crabs, and lemurs only come out by night.

Tongue Twisters

Try saying this five times: "Shark-shaped ships are hard to sink, I think." Or try, "Seeing sharks by the seashore certainly is very scary." How about trying to make up a few of your own tongue twisters? Can your friends and family repeat them? Maybe they will make up a few for you to try.

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