Fall Treasure Hunt Printable

Going on a Fall Treasure Hunt is a great way to enjoy quality time outdoors while observing the beauty of the season. A few years ago, I started to take my kids on these adventures and it has become a favorite family tradition ever since! Every year when the leaves start to change colors, we […]

Botanical Sun Catchers

These botanical sun catchers look beautiful when displayed in a sunny window! This was a super quick craft, and took about 10 minutes to complete from start to finish. It is the perfect craft if the kids are looking for a little something to do during these last few days of Summer vacation, or for […]

Birds in Winter

Last weekend, our region experienced extreme sub-zero temperatures. While outside watching bubbles freeze, my youngest son noticed a fluffy bird shivering on our neighbor’s air conditioner. “Mommy,” he began, “I feel so bad for that little bird! It must be cold!” His empathy and curiosity led him to a series of excellent questions: How do […]

Exploring Nature with a Camera

The natural world is something that interests our entire family, so this year we are devoting more time to nature study. At first, nature study can seem a bit overwhelming. As adults, we feel the need to know everything as we set out. We often worry about being able to answer all of the many […]

Beach Keepsake Craft

One of our favorite places to go for vacation is the beach.  It’s so relaxing and enjoyable, yet at the same time, the kids love to explore, build, and discover on the shoreline.  This summer, I decided to use this opportunity to create a beach keepsake using their discoveries. The supplies you need are quite […]

Around the Web: Exploring Nature with Kids

This week we’ve shared a fun fossil finding activity at a creek and five tips for exploring nature with kids, but we don’t want the sharing to end there! We’ve gathered 10 inspiring posts from around the web that are sure to get your kids playing and learning outside.  1. Make a nature study kit […]

5 Tips for Exploring Nature with Kids

It’s important for children to be encouraged to connect with nature, but what if you are a little timid when it comes to exploring the outdoors? Whether you identify yourself as an “indoors” person or you just don’t know where to start, here are a few things you can do to make the transition a […]

Fossil Hunting at the Creek

Summer is hot and the water in the creek is cold! We had fun cooling our toes while hunting for fossils! The rocks in the creek we visited were predominantly shale and limestone. Mixed into the bunch were some incredible fossils! I explained to the boys that fossils were impressions of the remains of creatures […]

Exploring Nature with Books

 The best part about summer for me is getting outside with my children!  I love watching their eyes light up when they pop a wild berry into their mouths or find a snail along a forest trail.  We spend hours and hours outside each day, sometimes doing more formal learning such as species identification and […]

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

Kids love to look at and examine animals. But we don’t always have a backyard that encourages animals to come to us. So, how can you promote animals in your backyard?  First you have to know what kind of animals you are wanting to attract. Are you wanting a variety of birds? What about insects? […]

Becoming a Chicken Mama

Raising baby chickens is a rewarding task that leaves us with entertainment, wonderful learning opportunities, and of course, amazing eggs.   If you have ever thought about raising your own chickens for eggs now is the time to consider giving your children the rare experience of having their very own backyard flock!     My daughter is […]

Insect Lab Nature Investigation

Spring brings flowers, warm air, green grass . . . and insects. Many, many insects! Due to mild weather and their natural instinct to hunt for food after winter hibernation, insects are abundant in the spring. Many spring insects are young; they have recently hatched out of an egg case or matured from pupae to […]

Planting a Three Sisters Garden

Short on space but still want a garden?  Try planting a Three Sisters Garden with your kids this year!  With a few modifications this Native American technique can even be adapted to grow in a pot and you can enjoy all the benefits of these plants that help each other grow in even the smallest […]

Around the Web: Birds

This week we shared a fun and creative way to make hanging shape bird feeders as well as the benefits of letting your child use real tools to build a bird feeder. But we don’t want to stop there! Here are even more inspiring links about birds.  1. Go on a frugal field trip and […]

Hanging Shape Bird Feeders

Spruce up your yard, help the birds, and get your kids involved! This simple project will have you cooking up some fun and creative bird feeders with your kids.  Even though winter still has its hold on the temperature, spring has started to show here in the Pacific NW and I am LOVING it!  Yesterday […]

Watch Baby Wrens Leave The Nest

Nature provides many opportunities for learning and this week we will be learning all about our feathered friends. Chances are, no matter where you live, you can experience the wonders of birds first hand. You might even be able to spot the exciting first flight of a baby bird, like this one! Can’t see this […]

Around the Web: Colors

There are so many fantastic color activities around the web, and finding them this week has made me happy! It’s hard not to smile (and look forward to spring) when you are checking out so many bright and colorful ideas. Enjoy! 1. Purple Crayon Mural via Inner Child Fun- This is a fun activity to go […]

Around the Web: Outdoor Learning in Winter

We’re finishing off this week with 5 inspiring links that share ways for you to get outside and learn in winter.  Make some beautiful Icy Ornaments via Inner Child Fun Learn about the Science of Sledding via Fireflies and Mud Pies Read your favorites during a Snowy Story Time via Inner Child Fun Have fun […]