|My debutante poses with the adorable frog.|
I insisted the creatures not come closer than the front porch (which rule was tested several times). So the children played on the covered porch while it rained all around them, and played with the little animals lovingly, if a bit clumsily.
By the end of the afternoon, the lizard had disappeared, and the frogs were stiffly unresponsive. The children insisted they were just resting.
I might have to discourage this kind of nature involvement in the future--for the happiness of the local bugs, lizards, and amphibians.