A few years ago, the other biology teacher in my school brought in an egg case of some sort that he found wandering around. He put it into an empty gallon milk container along with some greens and then just forgot about it. A few weeks later, I walked into my classroom where my students were already starting to gather and there was a good amount of freaking out going on. Being teenagers, this could have meant anything or nothing, but they were all frozen in place and seemed pretty sincere. Someone pointed to the milk carton and suddenly I saw hundreds of baby praying mantis literally pouring out over the sides of the milk container. They just kept coming and coming. They were all over the room and someone mentioned that urban legend about how it is illegal to kill praying mantis so the kids were all frozen in place, afraid to move and step on them (did I say that they were everywhere?) So that period was spent with all of us tiptoeing around the room, saving these little guys and sticking them outside. Every once in a while, someone would accidentally kill one and then totally freak out. It was one of the more ridiculous lesson plans of my career:)
In crafting news, I made it out to the Art Star Craft Bazaar this weekend. I met Anda from Etsy and she gave me a tote made in the etsy labs! It has plastic handles made from fusing discarded plastic bags which Anda demos here and which I'm hoping to try this summer (the bags are all cut and ready to be ironed.) I'll post later on my loot from Art Star once I get some good photos.