Outdoors (Page 2)

Last week was Drew and Meghan’s baby shower. Whole families were invited to attend and this was the post script on the invitations, “Gentlemen: You are welcome to bring a Daddy Survival Gift.”  Not surprisingly, Drew received assorted libations, several books like 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children to Do and The DangerousRead More →

NOTE: Michelle shared this post a couple of years ago. We have a project to share this week, but before we do, we wanted to repost this story on Letterboxing. If you haven’t discovered this past time with your children, you are in for a treat 🙂  This summer we have discovered a funRead More →

Tim and I have this nature dichotomy thing going. On one hand we love animals and encourage their residence in our yard. We pay more money monthly for our bird seed and peanuts than we do our cable, and if we had to give up one, the t.v. would go.Read More →

Today I spent an entirely exhausting but wonderfully fulfilling day in the gardens. Michelle’s family came over to “Help Gammy”. Seven year old Bug learned to prune a small crab apple tree. Five year old Fairy showed her might as she hauled bags of mulch. And three year old Pixie impressed usRead More →

It’s March… and around here that means it is SUGARING TIME!!! We are in the middle of perfect sugaring weather… freezing at night but a beautiful 45 or so during the day. We took our first trip to the Sugar Bush on Sunday and then we came home (actually went toRead More →

We took advantage of a beautiful afternoon yesterday and completed our Fall Tree Nature Study. We haven’t be doing any of the Handbook of Nature Study Blog Challenges since the spring and we had a lot of fun getting started again. The kids each got to pick new trees forRead More →

We really enjoyed observing our butterflies using the Butterfly House kit Bug got for Christmas last year. I imagine we will be ordering more caterpillars in the future to repeat this project. Fairy watching the caterpillars. The caterpillars formed their chrysalis within a couple days and we moved them intoRead More →

  After commenting on the previous post… I decided to pull up some project notes of a seed project Bug did a couple years ago… prior to my blogging. I can’t believe that this was TWO YEARS AGO (he was four at the time). Wow… has time flown. If nothingRead More →

  BRRRR! It is so cold outside right now that basically all of our Nature Studies are being done at the kitchen window. Fortunately the bird feeders really provide a lot of Nature Entertainment. When we have gotten outside over the last few weeks, we have been collecting snow trackRead More →

To get more information and photos of this project, CLICK HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. I created the Treasure Pouch so my grandbabies could take them along on walk-abouts. It’s just big enough, 7″ x 6″, to tuck away several “keepers”, without being too heavy or cumbersome! Materials: Pattern Pieces SnailRead More →

The Fun on the Farm theme for this week was Fur and Feathers (kids activity at our local petting farm). It was a perfect tie in for us and a beautiful day so we packed up and headed to the farm. There was a brief demonstration and explanation of theRead More →

I just finished Bug’s and Fairy’s treasure pouches. The kids love them. It was fun creating designs to match their personal tastes and they really were quick to throw together. I will now work on a tutorial and will hopefully get it posted soon!   These will definitely be useful onRead More →

I love going on walk-abouts with children. EVERYTHING is so fascinating to them. Bugs and rocks, fungus and tracks captivate their imagination and provide fodder for an insurmountable barrage of questions. And I’ve yet to go on a nature walk with a child who has not found some priceless treasure.Read More →

A couple weeks ago ‘A’ found a Woolly Bear Caterpillar in the backyard. A great find in any little boy’s world! We gave him a nice home for the night, looked up what type of winged creature he would turn into and then set him free in the morning. IRead More →