Category Archives: Science

Plastic Bottle Viking Longboat (part two)

If you haven’t already, go check out our tutorial on how to build a Viking Longboat out of plastic bottles. The following are the finished product pictures and LittleMan’s dreams come to fruition as we sailed around a local lake, aptly named Lake Valhalla.

Plastic Bottle Viking Longboat (1)


Plastic Bottle Viking Longboat (part one)

Plastic Bottle Viking Longboat Tutorial (1)


LittleMan has inherited his mother’s knack for dreaming up big projects and, while we’re not always keen to jump on board with his time consuming and expensive ideas, we do try to support him when possible.
This plastic bottle Viking longboat was one such idea that we could get behind. (more…)

Free Printable Camouflage Lesson and Activity

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.

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Free Printable Poisonous Plants Travel Guide

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..

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How to Make Your Yard Wildlife Friendly – FOR FREE!

Watching wildlife in their own backyard is one of the most rewarding and inspiring activities that a child can do. I don’t even know the innumerable hours I spent as a child watching the squirrels gathering nuts for the winter and birds building their nests in the spring. Many seasons I sat in quiet observation of the raccoon kits as they outgrew their mother’s care and the flowers as they over-flowed their garden beds. I befriended the toad who made his burrow beneath my patio and awaited his awakening each evening as the day came to an end, frequently catching little fireflies to feed him.
Nothing makes me happier than knowing I can give my children a similar experience. Sending them outside everyday to connect with the world around them, in their own ways.

Attracting Wildlife