environmental education programmes
Critters' Cribs
By Talking Tiger
The MAD lesson on Jan 24th at JBCG covered where critters, what some of the children in attendance termed small, fast, cute, lived, how they need to build their homes, to house and protect themselves. The lesson was aptly titled Critters at Their Cribs.

Led by CTEP Nature Educator Andrew Tay, and assisted by CTEP co-founder Vilma DíRozario, the lesson covered the accommodation facilities, as such, of critters such as Flying squirrels, bats, dragon flies, spiders, slugs, snakes, ants, butterflies, cockroaches, carpenter bees, potter wasps, pangolins, cave centipedes, geckoes, etc, in their safe hiding places, like tree hollows, mud caves, human made caves, holes in the ground, etc.

The lesson captivated the childrenís interest right from the beginning with a game where they had to match a critter with what they thought was its crib. Live samples followed, with a slide show, a walk though the gardens to locate the real thing. The children had to be almost dragged off back to class from the gardens, after seeing a Large-tailed Nightjar at its crib of leaf litter (possibly guarding a clutch of eggs). Later they were also reluctant to leave, as they were happily coloring a clever cardboard two-piece artwork. One folded half was the habitats, which when unfolded, revealed the little critters. This is only typical of CTEPís lessons, imaginative, creative, rich in content, delivered with genuine humour and warmth.

Tree hollows like this one could be a crib for
bats, geckoes, snakes, and other animals.
Photo Credits: Andrew Tay

The mud crib of a potter wasp.
Photo Credits: Andrew Tay

Drongos ready for bed on their vine cradle in the forest.
Photo Credits: Andrew Tay

This cricket is at home in a cave.
Photo Credits: Andrew Tay

Checking out a used sunbirdís nest.
Photo Credits: Vilma D'Rozario

Cindy and Andrew talk about a used hornetsí nest.
Photo Credits: Vilma D'Rozario
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