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On a whim on nice Saturday day, we decided to get a zoo membership. We had spent the morning at Mud Lake looking for salamanders (finding none) and trying to catch crayfish (only to let them go after a moment). For Satori, this zoo trip was all about salamanders and reptiles! She really, really wants a reptile pet. (not gonna happen). She talks about  how she’ll pretend her lizard is one of her toy salamanders so that Grandma does not freak out. 🙂

Well when we got to the zoo, we did not see any salamanders (all they had was frogs and one newt), but we saw lots of reptiles like snakes, turtles and lizards.



It was fun to see the mudskippers, which to us was relevant as we study how fish evolved into amphibians. Sure enough, these cute little guys were swimming in the water, then popped up on land. There are at least 3 in this photo.




Not the typical photos you see after a family does a zoo trip and posts their photos. 🙂 Then again, we are not the typical family.

We then headed back west to the mountains, and halfway up, had a lovely picnic at White Ranch Park overlooking all of Denver. It was a beautiful day and I was so happy to hang out with my husband and daughter.

It was a family activity night tonight. After we enjoyed our second batch (new and improved) of trilobite cookies, we made our clay salamanders. Well, David actually made a Permian reptile, the Dimetrodon, which he found sitting on the kitchen counter, oddly enough.

Here our cold-blooded creatures are getting ready to bask in the sun oven.

Ready for the oven

Ready for the oven

After an hour, they were ready to come alive with colors!


We used colorful metallic paints, which at first I wasn’t so sure about, but they totally rocked! Satori is painting her salamander in all kinds of colors. You can also see her baby sea turtle in this shot, equally vibrant.


David made this shimmering green/yellow Dimetrodon and baby. Angela made the trilobite top left.


Mom made a coral salamander. Here she is staring at Satori’s salamander.


And here they all are, our family of amphibians and reptiles!!!


Making Clay Creatures

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 T vegetable oil

Mix and then knead until nice and smooth. Form your salamander or creature, don’t forget legs and beady eyes! We made indentations on our creatures for toes, wrinkles and mouth. Bake in oven at 300 degrees for an hour. Wait until cool, then paint away! Then set your clay creatures and salamanders somewhere where you can enjoy your craft all year long.