Children love to plant gardens, and it is especially beneficial for them to do so. Unfortunately, plants can take an awful long time to grow and children are not known for their patience.
And I have learned the hard way that if you attempt to grow a garden with starter plants rather than seeds, the children might be tempted to dig them up and replant them frequently, which can cause root damage and undo stress to the plant.
In an effort to minimize the damage to our live plants, I created this pretend play garden for my children and their friends, and it has so far been a roaring success. (more…)
Here is a super fun, super easy art activity that children aged preschool-late elementary would probably enjoy.
All you need is leaves, white paper, a white crayon, and some water color paints. (more…)
Welcome back for another installment of our collaborative toddler series. This week Kristan, of Munchkin and Bean, and I are talking all about toddlers in nature!
If you look through this site enough, see all the fun activities we do, then you might get the wrong idea about my children CONSTANTLY having something to do, some activity planned out for them. What I don’t often take the time to show is what my kids do when left to their own devices, and I should share that because it is crucial to their development.
Welcome back to the next installment of our toddler series, a collaborative series between myself and the ever-creative Kristan of Munchkin and Bean. This week we are talking about nature. Making art from nature, crafting with natural objects, sensory exploration in nature, etc..
SunnyGirl is a pretty big fan of oil pastels for coloring. We put a fun twist on this simple activity by having leaves handy. She outlined the leaves on the paper and even colored directly on the leaves.
These days, times are tough and money is tight for most people. Despite this, many families still spend a lot of dough to give their children playful opportunities to learn, but you don’t have to! This activity was hours of fun for SunnyGirl, prompted some great learning through play and conversation, and best of all it was completely FREE.
I’ve written quite a bit about the importance of nature to children and their development. Barring extreme weather conditions, I’ve made an effort to take my children outside almost everyday, whether it be for a few minute or a few hours, and they have very much benefited from this time connecting with nature.
(Be sure to click on the red links to read more.) (more…)
Our nature table has gotten out of hand. Or at least it feels that way to me.
Here is a glimpse at how it looked just shy of 6 months ago, when it was new:
And here is how it looks now:
Our neighbors moved away last week, to a new home which lacks a fireplace, so they graciously offered us their large pile of firewood and in doing so we became the recipients of a new pet. Well, sort of.
You see the firewood was home to some land snails. (more…)
Yesterday I spoke about the influence of Montessori in our home but I left out one of the most treasured gems we have:
our recently added nature table.
Now, I’ve seen some pretty amazing nature tables online. Ours is…not that extravagant. Nor that beautiful.
Its ours and we love it!