Outdoor Education: Self-Correcting Lifecycles

Self-Correcting Lifecycles NT

Teaching animal and plant lifecycles can be a very fun and exciting topic for children. Bringing nature inside, I used bare nesting dolls that I painted different stages of lifecycles for a science center. These nesting dolls provide the opportunity for children to experience lifecycles in a self-correcting way. I painted the…

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Outdoor Activities for Kids: Rainbow Chasing

Rainbow Chasing

With spring officially here visions of warm weather, soggy days and mud dance through our heads. On the vernal (or spring) equinox our little squirt and I went outside chasing rainbows. We were lucky enough to catch a rainbow as it began to fade and admire its brilliant colors. Rainbows are…

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Nature Books for Kids: Maple Trees

Maple Trees

This featured nature book for kids Maple Trees is a non-fiction picture book written for the Rookie Read-About Science series by Allan Fowler. Maple Trees is an engaging book with real pictures for kiddos ages 6 and up. My Experience with Maple Trees I have used this featured nature book for kids for a story hour.…

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Sunday Snippet: Cutting the Conifer

Cutting the Conifer

In the recent crazy weather this country has been experiencing we had some excitement at our house in the form of a fallen tree. The 60 mph winds that Michigan experienced last Thursday landed us with a large pine down in the front yard but luckily no damage came to…

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Nature Crafts for Kids: Weather Wheel

Weather Wheel

Weather is a fun and intriguing subject to children. Help them keep track of what the weather is outside each day by creating a weather wheel. Instead of “recreating the wheel”, print your little one a copy from our Weather Wheel  free printable! Print, cut out, color and put together…

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Nature Books for Kids: The Little Cloud

Little Cloud

This featured nature book for kids The Little Cloud is a fictional picture book written by Eric Carle. The Little Cloud is a fun take on clouds and cloud watching for kiddos ages 3-5. My Experience with The Little Cloud I have used this featured nature book for kids for a story hour and with my…

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Sunday Snippet: Images of Insects

Images of Insects

This last Sunday I took my little squirt to the local butterfly conservatory. From March to April butterflies emerge from their chrysalises and are contained in a greenhouse for the children of our town to come and experience. My child was not very interested in seeing these beautiful critters up…

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Nature Books for Kids: Owl Moon

Owl Moon

This featured nature book for kids Owl Moon is a fictional picture book written by Jane Yolen that received the Caldecott Award in 1988. Owl Moon is a great introduction to owling for kiddos ages 3-7. My Experience with Owl Moon I have used this featured nature book for kids for a story hour. We started…

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Sunday Snippet: Searching for Snowies

Searching for Snowies

Searching for owls can be an exhilarating and memorable activity for the family, but don’t just let your expectations that owling has to happen at night hinder your desire to find these incredible creatures. Recently, I took my two and a half year old out with our binoculars and went…

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