Having fun conversations with your kids about intriguing topics is one of the best educational activities you can do with your children.
You can start conversations by asking questions (e.g., “can you guess …?”), offering information (e.g., “I just found out that…”) or setting up a game (e.g., “Let’s see who knows more…”). Whatever format suits your style is fine.
Here are some interesting facts that are bound to lead to some interesting exchanges. For example, did you know that…
• A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
• A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can’t.
• A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
• A typical bed usually houses over 6 billion dust mites.
• A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
• A zebra is white with black stripes.
• The hippopotamus gives birth under water and nurses its young in the river as well, though the young hippos do come up periodically for air.
• A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime
• The world’s largest rodent is the Capybara. It is an Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
• The world’s smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
• A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!
• A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
• More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
• An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
• Ants don’t sleep.
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