Everyone loves the duck statues, and even as by kids get bigger they love to stop and climb on them for a few minutes!
We also listed to an amazing CD of an orchestra and reading of "Make Way for Ducklings," narrated by Ted Kennedy, now available on amazon.
One spring, we went to the Public Garden and noticed a duck on a large nest, sitting on eggs! The city had fenced off the area, to allow for privacy and protection. While observing the duck on the nest, my son said, "Ducks are not mammals." My daughter replied, "Nope! They don't give live birth!"
When we got home, we wrote down his comment and made lists, classifying animals into "mammals" and "not mammals."
Later in the week, we pulled out our mural paper and a beautiful sticker book my son received as a birthday gift. We used the images to categorize and then graph animals, expanding with reptiles, birds, fish...:
Meanwhile, we looked for ducks and swans all over the city!
Now at the MFA -- until June 18 - there's a lovely gallery about Robert McCloskey and his artwork. We are such fans of his books - Make Way for Ducklings, obviously, and Blueberries for Sal and One Morning in Maine have found permanent spots in our reading rotation.
And we can't wait until those eggs hatch in the Public Garden this year!