A few months ago my children were given some kinetic sand for their birthdays. The texture of this stuff was fantastic, it was just like sand except it held shape and it was far easier to clean up. I immediately fell in love with kinetic sand, but still had no idea how to play with it.
So when I had the opportunity to read a book titled “35 Awesome Kinetic Sand Activities for Kids” (by Dyan Robson) I was excited.
My son is 6 years old; there are many things that his friends can do that he can’t.
Perhaps its lack of motor skill. Perhaps its lack of desire to learn. Perhaps its just that he’s a late bloomer.
For whatever reason, he just hasn’t quite mastered tying his shoes and consistently writing legibly and, the big one, riding his bike.
Being 6 years old and being the only kid in the neighborhood is age who can’t ride a bike was starting to take its toll.
For a long time he’d watching longingly as his friends rode up and down the sidewalk, occasionally he’d run next to them, but never did he even try to learn (despite my urging) until earlier this month.
Finally he was ready.
Finally he wanted to learn.
One thing we’ve noticed when we take our nature walks is that we must help our children learn where to look for wildlife and also teach them to look at the small details.
It is easy for a small child to miss the brown moth resting against the brown bark of a tree while they rush past it in their excitement to be outside on a nature walk.
Its summer time again, and that means another year of nature study.
For families like ours who like to go hiking, its likely you’ll see some tracks along the way that you may not always recognize.
If you plan on spending a lot of time outside this summer then one of the first things you should teach your children is how to stay safe.
What safety means is different depending on where you live but in general you want to make sure they know which local wildlife to avoid, how to observe from afar, how to back away if they come across something unsafe, etc..
While heading home from our most recent homeschool group field trip, my family and I had an unexpected stop which almost resulted in a trip to the emergency room.
Today I am excited to join up with Play Ground Park Bench and a great group of bloggers to present to you a world-wide tour by flower.
Since I currently live in Michigan, I present you with the elegant yet simple apple blossom. The apple blossom is the official state flower of Michigan, to learn about the official wild flower of Michigan you’ll have to visit Betsy’s Photography.
Or better yet, view the entire world by flower at Play Ground Park Bench!
Every flower talked about comes with its own kiddie craft you can do! (more…)