What do you do when you find a mouse inside the barrel of your washing machine if you are a homeschool mama?
2. Turn it into a learning experience
No joke - Sammy went to throw some clothes into our top loader and discovered a mouse scurrying around inside of it. We think the little critter was taking a break from spreading disease and poop all over our basement when he fell into the open top. Daniel thought I was nuts when I asked him to find a container to put it in but as he is well-trained (and used to going along with the crazy) he complied and found a clear plastic bin.
We did some researching and discovered it was a deer mouse, so named for its fur's resemblance to deer fur. After a discussion about predators, we talked about why a mouse would need such large eyes and ears! We also happened to have a copy of the sweet little book Deer Mouse at Old Farm Road so we enjoyed some story time while watching the mouse. After learning that deer mice sometimes eat grass the boys put some in the bin, but Mr. Mouse was a bit too nervous to eat. We did see him grooming himself with his wee paws though, which was really cute! The boys also worked in their nature journals for a bit:
Once we were finished Daniel and the boys released the mouse in the field across the road from our house. Then they watched it scurry right across the road and back onto our property. Little bugger.