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Our first adventure takes us to the chilly North pole to meet a VERY Famous animal, who knows the big guy driving the slay! Grab your coats and let’s go meet some reindeer!

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reindeer   Range/Habitat: North America-Europe-Asia/Tundra-forest

   Diet:  Herbivore: grasses, moss, lichen

   Length/Weight: 4- 7 ¼ ft/ 260-660 lb

   Conservation Status: common



Fun Facts:

  • Reindeer are also called caribou.
  • They vary in color and size depending on where they live. Reindeer that live closest to the arctic are white in color.
  • Both female and male reindeer have antlers. Males lose their antlers in the winter.
  • Reindeer antlers are covered in a layer of fur called velvet.
  • Their noses are specialized to warm cold air before it enters their lungs.
  • Reindeer have a four chambered stomach!
  • One of their favorite foods is called reindeer moss.
  • Reindeer are the only mammal that can see ultraviolet light!
  • Some reindeer populations migrate. They can migrate up to 3,000 miles in one year! Whew, they must be tired!

Besides being really neat, reindeer are famous for pulling Santa’s sleigh! We were hoping to meet a real reindeer this year, but we weren’t able to. We are making some antlers out of pipe cleaners though! What’s your favorite thing about reindeer?

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We’re featuring animals this week that are considered creepy or scary in honor of Halloween. People often get so scared of our animal friends and they get a bad reputation.  Sometimes they may even be a little scary, but we love all animals! Sometimes we just love them from a distance! Today’s animal is a bat with sharp pointy teeth and a really bad reputation! Let’s meet them! And by the way they’re not monsters!


   Range/Habitat: Mexico-South America/roost in caves, mines, trees

   Diet: Hematophagy: blood of mammals such as cattle, pigs and tapirs

   Length/Weight: 2 ¾”-3 ¾”/ around 1 oz

   Conservation Status: common




Fun Facts:

  • Common Vampire Bats are one of three bats that’s only source of food is the blood of other animals.
  • They have sharp thin-pointed teeth they use to bite animals.
  • Their teeth are so sharp that often the animals do not feel the bite.
  • Common vampire bats are strong fliers.
  • They have strong forelimbs and legs that help them get around on the ground. In fact they are very agile and speedy.
  • Common vampire bats have heat seeking receptors in their nose to help them locate veins closest to the skin.
  • Common vampire bats are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Common vampire bats live in large groups of usually several hundred individuals. They are known to have strong family bonds. There is even evidence of females adopting young bats that are orphaned.

We’ll admit these bats are a little creepy. But all animals have a place in this world. So we respect them all, again from a distance!

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We’re taking the week off here at the E & E Headquarters to enjoy the holiday and work on some new ideas for the new year!

We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of our followers, readers and fans for supporting us and reading the blog! We are looking forward to an even Big and Better 2013!!

We want to leave you this week with the story of Alfie the Christmas Tree from John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together! Remember to say a prayer for the wind and the water and the wood and those who live there too this holiday!

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December Craft

Santa Walrus Ornament!

We’re making ornaments this month for craft time and we’re so excited to be making this adorable little felt walrus ornament! Let’s get crafty!



  • Red, white, cream, gray & brown felt (you only need small scraps)
  • Black marker
  • scissors
  • hot glue (to be used by an adult)
  • needle & thread



  • Print out pattern (below)
  • Cut pattern pieces out










  • Cut out felt pieces









  • Draw black dots on the eyes & two nostrils on brown mussel







  • Glue face, eyes & tusks on walrus
  • Glue Santa hat









  • Take needle & thread and pull through the hat. Tie a knot in string.









  • Hang your walrus!



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An Adventure at Pike Nurseries!

It’s the holidays and we wanted to learn about how we could incorporate nature into our holiday celebrations. So we headed to our local Pike nursery to learn all about holiday plants and trees. We met a lovely lady named Alison who showed us around and taught us all kinds of fun stuff! So come join us on our plant adventureJ!

First up, let’s learn about poinsettias!

Beuatiful Poinsettia!

Edmond liked the white poinsettias

Poinsettias are tropical plants, that are native to Mexico and they are beautiful! They come in all kinds of colors (from red to pink to white) and sizes (large and small)! Did you know that the colored part of the poinsettia is actually the leaf and not the flowering part of the plant? We didn’t either! The flower of the poinsettia is in the center of the plant and looks like tiny little yellow Venus Flytraps (at least that’s what Edmond thought they looked like).

  • Red and white speckled!

The yellow center is actually the flower and the leaves are red! Don't the flowers look like Venus Flytraps?

Poinsettias are considered blushing plants; no they don’t turn red when embarrassed, but that would be funny. Their green leaves turn dark purple to red as the days get shorter. Neat!

Did you also know that poinsettias are members of the succulent family? Succulent plants retain water in their leaves and roots and are adapted to live in tropical to desert environments. You may be familiar with cactus, also members of the succulent family! The succulent family of plants is very large and diverse! We found these relatives of the poinsettia at the nursery! They’re called Euphorbia, funny name, pretty plants!

Euphorbia! We thought they look like little palm trees!

More Euphorbia! These kind of look like cactus!

One more type of Euphorbia!

Our new friend showed us the Norfolk Island pine tree! They are a neat little tree that is native to the Pacific Island of Norfolk Island. They are also called the Star pine, because their branches are in a star pattern. These trees do well as house plants, but will not survive outside because they’re tropical! They make great Ellie and Edmond sized Christmas trees too!

Here we are with an Ellie and Edmond sized Norfolk Island Pine!

Norfolk Island Pine!

We also stumbled upon some topiaries! They use ivy to grow around the shape underneath. Edmond especially loved the reindeer topiary!

Edmond loved the reindeer topiary!

The next plant we discovered was the cyclamen! These flowers grown inside out and they smell like crayons! So fun! Each leaf of this plant is looks a little different.  Ellie loved the pink ones!

Ellie with the cyclamen! It smells like crayons!

The last plant we found was the Christmas cactus. They are a tropical plant from South America! The flowers of the Christmas cactus come in white, yellow, red, pink and other colors! These plants also bloom when the days get shorter! We have fun with these!

Christmas cactus with white buds!

We decided to relax among the Christmas cactus! Not all cactus are pointy!

Pike’s has so many beautiful plants and we could have stayed all evening to learn about all them! Alison was a great teacher! You should definitely go and find yourselves some beautiful holiday plants to brighten your home. Remember to do your homework though when getting a plant if you have small pets or children, they can often be toxic, including the poinsettia. Cats especially like to chew on plants, we know, the cat we live with eats plants all the time! We actually eat plants to being herbivores and all!

Check out of some of the other pictures we took as we explored the store!

They had loads of bird seed! You should stop by and get the wild birds in your neightborhood a little Christmas gift :)!


Here we are hiding in some poinsettias! Fun!

Beautiful lit trees!

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Walking in a Dino Winter Wonderland!

Walking in a Dino Winter Wonderland!

Have you ever dreamed about going around the world during the holidays? Wonder what it’s like in Australia during Christmas or how people in Chile decorate their homes? Well you are in luck, because without buying a plane ticket or packing a bag you can learn all about holiday traditions around the world at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Winter Wonderland!

We were invited to check out the 28 trees and displays and man did we have a good time! What’s a better combo than dinos and culture? Nothing! Do you know the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”? We’ve decided to tell you about our favorite trees set to the tune of our favorite carol! Forgive us now if it’s doesn’t exactly fit the song, we are just a small elephant and horse!

On the first tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A Troll from Norway!

A troll from Norway!

On the second tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A Maple leaf and a moose!

The Canadian tree! There are Canadian flags with maple leaves all over it! You have to find the moose!

On the third tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: Animals who speak French!

An elephant from one of the many french speaking countries!

A dragon from Vietnam (they speak french there!)

A giraffe from Cameroon

Here we are in front of the French tree with all the fun animals!

On the fourth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A sweet gum and some walnuts!

Gumballs from a sweetgum tree on the tree from Switzerland!

On the fifth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A tree full of green and gold balls!

Brazil's tree had balls of green and gold to represent their flag!

On the sixth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: Chilean butterflies!

The tree from Chile

Edmond loves butterflies!

On the seventh tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: Japanese cranes

The tree from Japan was covered in oragami cranes!

Ellie loved the cranes, especially this shiny one!

On the eighth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A little goose from Denmark

We found this little goose on the Denmark Tree

On the ninth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: Mexican dancing ladies

The Mexican tree has ladies dancing underneath it!

We found this brightly covered chicken on the Mexican tree!

On the tenth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A festival of lights

Ellie loved Genesha, who is an elephant god in India!

On the eleventh tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A Hungarian hedgehog

How cute is this little hedgehog from Hungary?

On the twelfth tree at Fernbank a dino brought to us: A koala playing the drum!

Here we are with the drum playing koala on the Australia tree!


A dino tail and trees!

The Great Hall in the evening!

Dance party with Giggy!








All the trees were and displays were so neat! Each one was sponsored by an organization that represents the individual country and each one has a plaque that tells you all about the holiday traditions of that country! Look for all the animal ornaments, they’re our favorites!  Make sure you put Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland on your holiday to do list!


They’re having all kinds of fun holiday celebrations too! Check them out:


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