Friday, October 25, 2013

A lesson for this Mama

So, a month or so ago, we collected this huge container of acorns.  The boys had so much fun gathering them and playing with them.  We even used some in our Autumn decorations!  However, there is something I didn't know about acorns.  If you have a lot of them, and they just sit around, eventually these little larvae dig their way out of them.  Yes, the grub-like, maggoty-looking Acorn Weevil larvae!   I won't share with you any pictures of our adventures with these fun little creatures.  I was too busy screaming and hurling acorns out the 
back door to take pictures, anyway!

This led to two new projects: learning about the acorn weevils  (if you have 2 minutes to spare, this is a super cool video on the National Geographic site worth checking out!), and then learning how to properly gather, and then store, acorns.  Apparently, the most important step is to bake them.  This keeps them from getting moldy, and "gets rid of" any larvae.  Charlie was pretty sure that because he warned them what was happening, they had all gotten out before we baked them.  So, we baked and polished our acorns.  Then Charlie got to use a hot glue gun to put their hats back on!  
So, for all the crafty mama's looking to use the nuts their little ones have found this Fall to do some of those super neat pinterest crafts ..... BEWARE!  If you don't take the proper precautions, you may have some visitors come in with those cute little acorns!

Out hunting for acorns!

Match found one!

He would tell us, "It needs hat!"

Charlie found a great one!

"Match, that is an oak leaf!"

Our finished project!

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