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Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Forsythia Tissue Paper and Twig Craft

Budding branches are among the most beautiful and clear signs that spring has arrived. While we do not have the opportunity to see many cherry blossoms around here, we do see plenty of forsythia heralding the coming spring. We made twigs bud with tissue paper blossoms. Materials: twigs yellow tissue paper glue white paper Directions: 1. First, go outside to collect your twigs. My kids love picking up sticks and this step lasted the better part of a morning! 2.  Glue down your twigs … Read entire article »

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Cherry Blossom Stamps

Cherry Blossom Stamps

We’re celebrating spring with lots of floral crafts! Here’s a cherry blossom stamp art project. Bonus: you reuse/recycle a soda or water bottle for your stamp. Materials: brown paint pink paint white paper paint brush soda or water bottle Directions: 1. Dilute the brown paint a little with a drop of water and paint the branches and twigs. I showed my kids how you can get thicker strokes by pressing down with the brush. We also examined branches to see how smaller twigs … Read entire article »

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6 Ways Kids Can Help Animals

6 Ways Kids Can Help Animals

The Lorax speaks for the trees and also the Brown Barbaloots, Swomee Swans, and Humming Fish. Children are drawn to animals, both wild and domesticated. Providing guardianship for the animals who cannot speak for themselves is a natural way that children can live like the Lorax. Little people learn that they can make a big difference. 1. Make a Bird Feeder Our backyard songbirds are in trouble. Vanishing habitats and food sources, toxic insecticides, and predators like … Read entire article »

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5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

5 Tips to Teach Your Kids to Go Green

Young children are natural eco-warriors. Their interest in their environment provides a deep connection to the natural world. From there it is a hop, skip, and spring puddle jump to learning about responsible guardianship of the Earth. Going green is a lot easier if you are born that way. Taking good care of our planet is a habit you can start from day one. Here are some of the ways that we encourage eco-friendly attitudes in … Read entire article »

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How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

How Sweet it Is: Maple Sugaring

Each year we visit a local family farm for their Maple Sugaring demonstration. What a hands-on (and tasty) way to learn about Native American and Colonial culture and history, chemistry, the weather, and ecology! We followed the maple sugaring process from start to finish. First, we learned a bit about the sugar maple (which is so important that New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia share it as their state tree). Farmer Bob gave a talk on how … Read entire article »

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Gone Hiking!

Gone Hiking!

We’ve been enjoying the outdoor weather this February (cannot believe I just typed that) so we have not done many indoor crafts or activities beyond my eldest practicing piano or her language lessons. That doesn’t mean the learning has stopped..far from it! We’ve been out in nature, observing the first signs of spring and checking out interesting local flora and fauna, like the swans and mallards… …and this neat pink earth lichen (the pink fungus-like structures are the … Read entire article »

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Fall Leaf Prints

Fall Leaf Prints

We’re in one of the last zones to experience the fall leaf change. Well, our trees have finally exploded in color! I was concerned that we would not get the really vivid colors this year after the hurricane. Hurricane Irene cut a swath across the area, “burning” crops and trees in addition to causing floods and knocking down tree. Nature is resilient, however. Although there are more browns this year than golds and reds, there is … Read entire article »

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Made 5 Spider Crafts for Kids

You know what really terrifies me? Spiders. I fully admit this is irrational and spiders are an important part of our ecosystem and yet… there is just something about those eight legs that creeps me out! Whether you are an arachnophile or an arachnophobe, Halloween is the perfect time to make spider crafts with kids! Weave a Paper Plate and Yarn Spider Web at Naturally Educational: This was our spider craft last year! Hula hoop Spider Web … Read entire article »

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Meow! Halloween Cats from Cardboard Tubes

Meow! Halloween Cats from Cardboard Tubes

I’ve always had a cat–and when I first met my husband, his family had four! You could say we’re cat people. Right now we have two, including the friendliest, fluffiest black cat. So, the kids were excited to craft black cats from cardboard tubes (toilet paper rolls) as part of our Halloween craft fest. A quick note–one teacher told me she was not allowed to use anything recycled from the bathroom or kitchen. So, I suggested she … Read entire article »

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Crafty Owls

Crafty Owls

We’re big owl fans so when I saw the cardboard toilet tube owls over at Frugal Family Fun Blog, I knew I wanted to make them with my little ones! We made some (very minor) modifications to the process and, of course, you will find some educational suggestions at the end of the post! Materials: cardboard tube (cut to different heights if making a family) paint fun, patterned paper googly eyes glue (we like Elmer’s Glue-All) Directions: 1. Fold in the top of the … Read entire article »

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