Outdoor Education: Self-Correcting Lifecycles

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 Education: Mushrooms for Tots

Recently I ran a hike for early childhood children of 6 months to 3 years of age that was focused around mushrooms. Our forests this fall have been sprouting with all sorts of wonderful mushrooms and I knew I had to take advantage of it. The tricky part with mushrooms…

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Outdoor Education: Fossils

Fossils are an interesting and fun topic to teach children. The Next Generation Science standards have 3rd graders analyzing and interpreting data from fossils in order to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived a long time ago (3-LS4-1). As part of my job I…

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DIY Felt Weather Board

Our squirt has been obsessed with weather since she was about 6 months old and watched her first thunderstorm (she also needs to know what is blocking her beloved moon on cloudy days!). In order to encourage her intrigue with this phenomenon I have been working on putting together a…

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Uncle Milton Moon In My Room Review

For Christmas my husband and I bought our moon child Uncle Milton – Moon In My Room. After reading several conflicting reviews we thought we’d give it a try. It seemed like a low-stress investment at only $20 on sale on Amazon when we bought it (we later found it…

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The Great Backyard Bird Count

It is time again for the Great Backyard Bird Count!!! This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a citizen-science project with your children or students. To participate all you have to do is dedicate at least fifteen minutes to recording the wild birds in your area. Using your…

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