Life cycle of… (part 1)

The other day I found this list on the dining room table:

Camilla's seven step life cycle of a puff ball

Life cycle and care of a puff ball


After Camilla’s scientific demonstration, I can now lay it out for you. The first three items on the list are the life cycle of a puff ball. First it’s an egg (actually a bead from a craft set). When the egg hatches the puff ball inside is wet; hence, step 2 or maybe we should call it stage 2 =  wet ball. Like how chicks come out all sticky at first, then their feathers fluff up. So too with the puff ball.

Steps 4-7 are not actually part of the life cycle but rather they describe the care of the puff ball. I like to think the combination of the two lists into one was an editorial choice in favor of economy.

The puff ball begins moving once all the moisture weighing down its fluff evaporates. It now needs a cage (step 4).

But preliminary to using the cage you need to make the cage. So step 5 (1) is actually a first step in making the cage. You take a green plastic mesh container and move the strawberries out of it to somewhere else. Step 6 (2) is to decorate the cage. Then step 7 (3) is DONE. It’s the step where you check off everything.

And your puffball is happy. See? Now to find out what it eats.

green plastic  strawberry container housing a puff ball

The puff ball pet and its neighbors (or its lunch?), Frog and Toad on-a-stick.

2 thoughts on “Life cycle of… (part 1)

    • Yeah, that was totally non sequitur until she did the demonstration. I’m all, OK I get it, egg, wet ball, puff ball, there’s a progression here. Then “move strawberries somewhere else.” Huh?

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