A Gopher Study

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A gopher study: an activity for children of all ages. Even though gophers are a pest in the garden, they are amazing little rodents. In this activity, a child will learn more about gophers.

  • Supplies:
  • After reading the lesson or one or more of the resource books about gophers, have your child draw a gopher and label each part.
  • Ask your child questions such as: What is the purpose of a gopher’s large front claws? His whiskers and his bulging cheeks? Why is his fur brown? Consider having them use an encyclopedia or reading this article for more information.
  • If your child is younger, you can have them tell you about the functions or role of as many parts of the gopher as they are able. Record a younger child’s explanations/dictations as needed.
  • For an older child:  Have your child investigate and include in their garden notebook/journal the function or role of parts of a gopher. For example, a gopher uses his sharp teeth, always exposed, to dig and quickly cut roots to eat or cut electrical wire that gets in his way as he digs. His lips are adapted to close behind these large teeth to keep the dirt out, while still allowing him to use his teeth. His short, thick, and almost hairless tail can be used as a sensor probe when he has to back up in a tunnel.
  • Include other information as well, such as average life span, their favorite foods, their scientific name, and any other interesting facts about gophers.
  • Feel free to add poems, methods to keep gophers from destroying your garden, recipes, and/or quotes about gophers to your garden notebook/journal as well.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.