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As Benita knows better than anyone, beavers are great builders! They construct dams to block rivers and streams so they can build their homes (lodges) in the resulting ponds. If Benita’s buddies can make dams, so can you!

Beaver Dam, Louisiana

What you need

  • shallow stream or inlet of some sort
  • stones, dirt, small branches

What you do

  1. First, have your child gather some rocks, a few small branches and twigs.
  2. Then have your child pile some of these objects in the stream, close to its edge. Chances are, the water will still move around this dam on the shore side. Ask your child, what would a beaver do now? How do we fill in the dam and its holes? If your child needs some ideas, suggest more pebbles, twigs, leaves and mud.
  3. Have your child scurry around to find what’s needed to patch and extend the dam. What happens to the water now?

Note: As always, whenever children are near the water, keep a careful eye on their whereabouts.


Some more fun beaver facts to share:

  • Beavers use their strong teeth and powerful jaws to cut down trees to build their dams.

  • Beavers can stay underwater for 15 minutes without coming up for air.

  • Beavers have a set of transparent eyelids that act like goggles to help them see while underwater.

 

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