A few weeks ago I showed the kids how you can take a bug (bigger is better) put them in a container and then freeze them and then thaw them. Greta's mom (a teacher) wasn't a believer and there were skeptics throughout the house - so I HAD to do the experiment immediately.
We found this 'buzzy bee' that was the size of your thumb (the fat part) and we put him in a glass and then into the fridge. It didn't seem to be cold enough there - so we put him in the freezer. Sure enough, he stopped buzzing and walking around the glass. See the frozen bee below in the wine glass.
It turns out that it takes a while for this size a bee to thaw out. In the meantime, you can prod and poke them - but no one dared to touch this week. I gave him a few swirls around the glass just to prove that he was indeed asleep. The whole time the girls sit and watch with Piper asking in the sweetest voice 'is he seeping' and I said yes, he's sleeping (she says seeping).
After about 15 minutes of staring at the glass, the bee's legs start to twitch, his wings give a buzz and he wiggles a little. After about a total of 18-20 mins, he's back to buzzing around like a fool. You can repeat the process depending how long you want to occupy your kids. But wait there's more...
Near our home there are a lot of ladybugs - all over the place, I don't know why, but there are. The girls now like to find bugs and mess with them. Piper who isn't very gentle will find ants and pick them up and then will walk over to me with a smashed ant on her finger asking if the buggy is sleeping (seeping)? Sometimes I say yes and other times I say that no, he's dead. She just looks at it and says 'he's dead' - I don't think it matters to her. She also thinks all bugs are happy. I know that the bugs she generally meets are not happy after a few minutes.
Sada found a ladybug last weekend but it was dead. I told her it was dead but she wanted to put it in a little glass bowl with a cover so he wouldn't escape. I told her he wouldn't and could live in the bowl without a cover because if they're happy they won't leave. She'll carry the dead ladybug around the bowl and he lives in the bowl on her nightstand. Sometimes she'll let Piper carry the dead ladybug in the small glass bowl around the house. He sometimes falls out but they just put him back in the blow. This morning the ladybug's head fell off. This didn't bother Sada much and she though that he was just thirsty and that perhaps with some water his head would get better. So now, there is a well hydrated headless ladybug on Sada's nightstand.