Our venus fly trap is still very much alive, and the children have really enjoyed keeping an eye on it, so they got a big kick out of one being included in the episode.
The episode takes place in North Carolina, so I give Nick Jr points for getting the geography right, but after that, our learning and review took place mostly through correcting the errors.
- The ladybug needing rescue was supposed to be a baby ladybug. Cute sounding, to be sure, who doesn't want to see a baby ladybug? But we've seen them, and they are not cute, or for that matter, really ladybugs - they are larvae.
- When the ladybug falls into the venus fly trap, the trap closes very slowly, while the Wonder Pets work out a rescue plan. We've seen the plant in action, and it does not close slowly, when a struggling bug is triggering the hairs inside the trap.
- The venus fly trap snaps at the foot of one of the characters - something very out of character for the plant.
The children got a real kick out of finding the errors. And, it gave us a good chance to discuss fiction verses non-fiction, and creative license. It also revived their interest in our venus fly trap puppet craft, after a quick alteration to turn our flies into ladybugs.
Look out baby...er...totally grown up, adult ladybug, that's not a safe place to play!
It's great to be a homeschooler.