Wanting to Learn

The boys got a Venus flytrap as a gift from a friend.

What started as a cool gift quickly turned into an investigative journey.

They wanted to learn more.

And more.


We watched videos about Venus flytraps which led to learning about other predatory plants.

We looked up facts about Venus  flytraps which led to long discussions about digestion which led to laughter because…well, they’re little boys.

We made paper plate Venus flytraps which led to chasing each other around the house making chomping noises.


Joe even drew a picture and explained to me how the Venus flytrap eats.


Then he acted it out.

I smiled and laughed and learned that it takes up to 10 days for the trap to digest its meal. That it only has 4-6 snaps before it turns brown, shrivels and dies. That it can grow as big as a cheeseburger.

It was fun and it was cool and the best part?

They were interested.

They were engaged.

They wanted to learn more.

Trapping little flies
Watching their little minds whirl
Learning…chomp, chomp, chomp!

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