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Great Nature Project + Animal Photography Tips

September 28, 2013 in All Posts, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Science, Preschool, Preschool Science, Toddler Activities, Toddler Science

How would you like to enjoy this weekend’s sunshine, get the family outside and up close with nature, and help set a Guinness World Records title? You’re in luck: National Geographic’s Great Nature Project is going strong today and tomorrow and just by uploading your photo of a plant or animal to Instagram, Flickr, or […]

{Play} Flower Confetti

May 3, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Here’s another Screen Free Week activity that will get your kids outdoors, playing with natural objects, and jumping and giggling until they fall down trying to catch their breath: Flower Confetti We have so many fallen wisteria blooms littering our yard that I’ve been meaning to rake up (Read: look at every day and walk […]

{Play} Painting With Winter Leaves & Needles

December 12, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

  A few weeks back – before it turned really cold (well really cold to a Californian) – we gathered some pine needles and other winter leaves for a painting experiment. At first, Jane wasn’t quite sure what to do when I put out the paint and leaf collection, but she quickly realized she could […]

{Craft} Eucalyptus & Manzanita Leaf Thanksgiving Candle #GlueNGlitter

November 12, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, DIY, Sponsored Posts

We’re trying to consume and spend less around here, so this holiday season, we’re making more homemade gifts and decorations or recycling what we’ve used (like using leftover Halloween candy for learning activities).  This Eucalyptus and Manzanita Leaf Thanksgiving Candle perfectly fit out goals. All it took was one amazingly awesome Gold Metallic Elmer’s Painters […]

{Play} Fall Memory Box and Leaf Rubbing

October 27, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

The title of this post could be Fall Memory Box and Leaf Rubbing Gone Wrong.  But is a parent-planned activity that doesn’t pan out as we parents intended necessarily a failed project? For instance, Jane never paints the object we set out to paint at the beginning of an art session (the perfect examples are […]