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Pumpkin Bird Feeder

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

After we finished our Pumpkin Shaving Cream Art, we had some bisected mini gourds we did not want to waste.  So, we turned them into bird feeders. Pin It First, I took the gourd I had cut in half length-wise and cut two holes at the top of the gourd. Pin It Then, the children threaded the yarn through the holes. Pin It We filled them with nut butter (you can use sunflower if you have peanut allergies), bird seed, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Ecology, Fall, Featured

Naturally Educational is Nominated as a Parents.com Best Craft for Kids Blog

Naturally Educational is Nominated as a Parents.com Best Craft for Kids Blog

Dear Friends, NaturallyEducational.com is a labor of love. Although I have been a professional educator for over a decade and run my consulting firm for seven years, I do not focus on monetizing this website.  I know you come here for activities, crafts, and educational ideas–not for ads. When I do work with companies, I try to do so in a way that adds value for you. If you have found information or inspiration here, I hope … Read entire article »

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Shaving Cream Pumpkin Art

Shaving Cream Pumpkin Art

My children have been asking me when we could do shaving cream art again. The tactile experience helps build learning and the kids have a ton of fun playing with paint and shaving cream. So, we made shaving cream pumpkins! Pin It Materials: posterboard foaming shaving cream paints (Halloween colors) 1. We traced and cut-out a pumpkin shape from poster board. Pin It 2. Then I poured foaming shaving cream and some paints (mostly orange with a little green and purple) into a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Art, Bodily-kinesthetic, Fall, Featured, Touch

Spooky Halloween Creature Votive Candles

Spooky Halloween Creature Votive Candles

I’m guest posting on Make and Takes today…come check out our spooky Halloween votive candles! Pin It … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fall, Featured, Home Arts

8 Picture Books About Apples

8 Picture Books About Apples

Pin It There are so many wonderful picture books about apple trees, apple cider, apple pies, and everything apples! Pin It Apple Farmer Annie, (ages 2+) by Monica Wellington: A contented-looking Annie picks, sorts, presses, bakes, and transports her apples and apple products to the city’s market. At the end there are recipes for apple muffins and applesauce. Although the story is simple, the rich illustrations have plenty of details to discuss.  We own the bilingual edition, Ana … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), Ecology, Fall, Featured, Science