Kids Say the Darndest Things… Museum Edition

October 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm 2 comments

Working with young children is constantly entertaining. The things that come out of their mouths are interesting, to say the least! Because of this, I’ve written down some of my favorite comments to share with you, hoping you’ll get a laugh out of them, too.

  1. While taking a nature walk during the after-school program, one of the students spotted a deer: “Hey look—it’s a cow!!”
  2. A young girl on a different nature hike: “You can tell the difference between a girl spider web and a boy spider web. Girls have the messy webs, and boys’ webs are neat and pretty… you know, like the opposite of people.”
  3. In the exhibit A Walk through Time in Georgia, there is a display case of unfortunate accidents that have happened to the taxidermy animals when touched too often. With birds, this usually means that the head comes off the body. I point this case out to students to let them know why we don’t touch the taxidermy and what may happen. One student approaches me to tattle on another: “Ms. Becky, he touched the animals!!” Suddenly, the boy’s eyes got huge, he became extremely panicked, and he started whispering. “Oh, no…. you know what’s going to happen now??!!” Drawing a line across his throat with his finger: “His head is going to fall off!!!”
  4. A family was eating lunch underneath the dinosaur skeletons in the Great Hall. The little girl stopped eating, looked up at the Giganotosaurus, and held up the rest of her sandwich on an open palm. Her mom: “Hun, what are you doing?” Little girl: “He’s too skinny. I thought he would be hungry.”
  5. While walking around with a snake and interacting with guests, I asked a young girl what she thought the snake would eat. “I’ll give you a hint- I’m too big to be her food. What do you think she would like to eat?” The girl stared up at me with very concerned eyes and mouth open. Unable to even speak, she just pointed at herself and mouthed the word, “Me??”
  6. And my favorite story… we offer live animal encounters during the summer and on weekends, bringing out animals from our teaching collection for the public to see. Encounters typically have three animals. We pull them out one at a time to talk about them, and anyone four or older has the opportunity to touch the last animal. After finishing an animal encounter one day, I packed up the animals then headed to the room next door to help with the activities in there. Several people who had been in the animal encounter were already in the next room exploring. One little boy, around 3 years old, was in the back corner of the room surrounded by puppets. He picked out three of the puppets and held them one at a time in front of his mother, telling her to touch them gently with two fingers. When his mom noticed me watching, she smiled at me and said, “He’s pretending to be you.”

–Becky Facer, Environmental Education Programs Manager


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ILuvGiggy  |  October 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I heard one a few month sback that made me chuckle. “I saw a dead bird outside! Are you guys gunna put it in A Walk Through Time in Georgia?”

  • 2. Angie A.  |  October 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    lol, #5 was so cute


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