Tag Archiv: nature

Pretend Play Flower Garden

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.

Pretend Play Flower Garden (1)

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…)

The Benefits of Being Bored Outdoors

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.
The Benefits of Being Bored Outdoors (4) (more…)

Crafting and Playing with Nature

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.
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Dandelion Soup Sensory Bin Play

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.
Dandelion Soup Sensory Bin Play (4) (more…)

Practical Ideas for Getting Back to Nature

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.
Practical Ideas for Getting Back to Nature from Suzy Homeschooler

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