Parenting Tips

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Questions Children Ask About Animals and Plants

Hi Parents

Below are some questions that your children may ask about animals and plants:

About Animals

I wonder:

  • why do birds fly away together when the weather gets cold?
  • can they talk to each other and say "Let's go now"?
  • why does my cat hide her new kittens? I would not hurt them.
  • why do horses need shoes? Cats and dogs do not need them.
  • how can a bear sleep all winter? Does it not get hungry or thirsty? How does it know when to wake up?
  • how can a fly walk on the ceiling? Why does it not fall off?
  • how can a duck sit in the water without getting its feathers wet. I get wet when I am in the water.
  • why do squirrels and birds and fishes have tails?
  • how do fireflies make their tiny lights?
  • why does a turtle live in a shell?
About Plants

  • why does a morning-glory close in the afternoon? Can flowers tell time?
  • why do leaves turn red and gold in the autumn? Pine needles do not turn colour.
  • why do trees not die in the winter?
  • how do wild flowers get planted?
  • why do bees fly to flowers?
  • how can you tell how old a tree is?
  • how can you tell one tree from another tree?
  • how do plants eat? Do some plants really catch insects? Do they eat them after catching them?
  • were there always trees and flowers? What is the oldest plant in the world?

Well parents, for some of the answers to the questions, you do need to look up the encyclopedia. For some, how about making a trip down to the Singapore Zoo and some of the parks, gardens and nature reserves to explore further.

Below is the list of parks, gardens and nature reserves in Singapore:

  • Agriculture farms
  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
  • Chek Jawa
  • Chinese Garden
  • East Coast Park
  • Fort Canning Park
  • Labrador Park
  • MacRitchie, Peirce and Seleter Reservoirs
  • Mandai Orchid Garden
  • Marina City Park
  • Mount Faber
  • Pasir Ris Park
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve



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