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NATURE SCHOOL

Making Mandalas in Nature with Kids

In CRAFTS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

I’m so excited to bring you a post today all about making mandalas in nature with kids, submitted by the amazing Doria Lotan. She was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Sweden where she and her husband are “unschooling” their three kids. She has a degree in Philosophy and works as a content writer for a living. You can find her on Instagram (@heartledadventures) and follow along her parenting journey. Fostering…

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Sun Print Paper Nature Art

In CRAFTS

The great solar eclipse of 2017 has passed (it was really cool, wasn’t it?!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun experimenting with the sun and it’s powers. If your kids had a chance to view the eclipse, hopefully it sparked a curiosity in them about our solar system, the sun and science. Making nature art using sun print paper is a great way to teach kids about the sun and shadows….

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Nature Kaleidoscope

In CRAFTS

With the solar eclipse coming up next week, the kids and I have been doing a few sun and light related nature crafts and projects. We’ve been talking about where light comes from, what happens when light passes through items and what makes shadows. We’ve experimented with sun paper, made a sundial, pressed wildflowers for suncatchers, made sun tea and traced shadows (posts coming soon (hopefully) on these projects). We also had the chance to…

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Gardening with Ladybugs

In GARDENING, NATURE SCHOOL

Last week we talked about worms, so I guess it’s now time to talk about bugs! Nothing says “immersed in nature” like making friends with the local wildlife, so I think we’re doing something right! We recently released 1,500 ladybugs into our garden and it was such a fun experience. My kids loved it and I’m hoping this is something you can experience with your kids too. We’ve got all kinds of fun ladybug facts for…

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Creating a Wormery with Kids

In NATURE SCHOOL, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Worms! Wiggly, squiggly, creepy, crawly, long, dirty, slimy and slick; it’s no wonder that kids are fascinated with worms. From the time my son was 2 years old, digging for worms in our backyard has been one of his favorite things to do outdoors. He’s constantly amazed that worms live everywhere, right under our feet and are basically free for the taking!  He now digs up worms from around the neighborhood and we add the…

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DIY painted rock tic tac toe

Painted Tic-Tac-Toe Rocks

In CRAFTS

Tic-Tac-Toe is one of those games that’s easy enough for preschoolers, yet is still competitive enough to entertain older kids and adults. Tic-tac-toe is one of my 4 year-old’s favorite games to play – mainly because it’s fast and quick, so it holds his short attention span and you can play many times in a row before he’s ready to move on to something else. I love tic-tac-toe because I believe it teaches kids a…

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Raising Butterflies with Kids

In NATURE SCHOOL, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

One of our favorite spring and summer activities is to raise our own butterflies from caterpillars. Watching the life cycle of a butterfly is absolutely fascinating, for both kids and adults. My husband and I are always surprised to find ourselves incredibly invested in the health and growth of our little caterpillars and we watch over them like concerned parents. The kids love observing the caterpillars as they inch their way around and explore, they…

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gardening with kids

Gardening with Kids

In GARDENING

A few months ago I decided that the kids and I would plant a garden this year. I used to have a small garden in the backyard before there were any children  in my life (oh, glorious free time!), but busy spring months at work and having two summer babies put my gardening on hold for the last couple years. This year I decided to give it another go. I knew that it would be…

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