Sweet Pea really enjoyed using the magnifying glass to examine his butterfly wings and feather. (See this post.)
At first he looked a little uncoordinated holding it until I showed him how he could simply set the item on the table and look through the glass. Then I realized I needed to show him how he could hold it closer to his eyes to see the detail in the items rather than holding it almost touching the items themselves.
Once he got coordinated enough to do this on his own he told me about the details he saw…the lines in the feather, that there were lots of ‘strings’, the different colors on the butterfly wings…he was really excited about this!
He asked why these items were on the ground and thought maybe the bird was caught by a cat and that maybe the butterfly got hit by a car since we found the wings by the road. He didn’t know why the body wasn’t attached, though. I love his hypotheses! He’s starting to think like a scientist!