When people think of water, they don't think of what lives in the water. Just because you don't drink water doesn't mean that you still don't need water to live. I have seen some cool videos of fish that need water to live and now that the weather is warm I will be visiting a local pond or stream to look to see what thinks live in them.
This activity is also from a section of the Brownie Try-It called; "Water is Everywhere", the requirement is called; "Water Snooper"
To Build a Water Snooper, you will need:
1. Have someone help you remove both ends of the large can.
2. Take a plastic wrap and put it on one end of the can.
3. Hold it in place with the rubber bands.
Use the water snooper to look into a pond or other body of water. Place the end with the plastic into the water. Make sure it doesn't just rest on the surface, but that it goes under the water. What did you see?
Now, make a water-drop magnifiying lens. Take a piece of clear plastic wrap and put two or three drops of water in the middle of it. Hold the plastic over the letters in a book. Did the words get larger? Hold the plastic over other objects. How did they look?
Another type of snooping you can do it called; Water Explorer, which is from the same Brownie Try-It.
Visit a pond, lake, small stream or tidal pond at the seashore with your troop or a group. Look for creatures and plants that live in the water.
You will need:
Dip the strainer in the pond or other body of water. You should not go into the water. Empty what you find into the white plastic bowl that has water in it. If you find living things, how do they move? What do the plants in the water look like?
Look under rocks in the water. Do creatures hide under them or cling to them?
No matter which one of these you do, please remember to....
LEAVE THE AREA AS YOU FOUND IT! OR BETTER (better by picking up and trash you find)!