Giant Microbes: Minnow

My kids love everything that has to do with the outdoors. Even the little critters. That’s why I was excited to get a chance to review the Minnow (Pimephales Notatus)  from GIANTmicrobes.
I have worked with GIANTmicrobes in the past and I love them. They make learning about germs and other critters fun for little ones. Each one is a stuff plush of some sort. The minnow was very soft, cute, cuddly, and even has a shiny belly. I think my youngest favorite part was the shiny belly because she can see herself in it. I love the fact that each critter comes with some educational facts about them.
Here is what had to be said about the minnows:
  • Minnows are small fish. Because of their diminutive size, the word minnow is often used derogatorily by the world’s sharks. But minnows have much to be proud of. 
  • There are hundreds of varieties, through Cyprinidae (or carp) are generally regarded as the true minnows. T
  • hey can live in oceans, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, bogs, and swamps.
  • Some swim in schools; some are loners.
  • Some like it cold, some like it hot-when it comes to water temperature.
  • They normally live between 3 and 10 years.
  • They are often silvery, though not always. In fact, goldfish are cyprinids too!  Minnows are too small to be game fish unfortunate minnows very frequently end up being used as bait.
  • Most minnows are gentle herbivores, eating algae and small eggs. But some prefer small crustaceans and insect larvae.
  • Some minnows build houses out of stones (for their eggs); some dig pits in the sand. Some “borrow” other fishes’ houses.
  • They can speak by making pulsed noises, particularly when challenging fellow males.
  • They can also change coloration, when they’re feeling amorous.
  • And they can release chemicals when they’re feeling afraid.
My son has repeated several little facts about the minnows since I read them to him. I love what GIANTmicrobes have done. They have made learning a little funnier for little ones!
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