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4 Picture Books About Bats

4 Picture Books About Bats

Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon: When a young bat is separated from her mother, she joins a nest of baby birds. In a beautifully illustrated book with lots of loving close-ups, Stellaluna tries to fit in but learns that she is happiest being herself. Along with her newfound friends, she also discovers that sometimes friends can be very different in some ways but alike in the ways that count. This book is my … Read entire article »

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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. First, I took the gourd I had cut in half length-wise and cut two holes at the top of the gourd. Then, the children threaded the yarn through the holes. We filled them with nut butter (you can use sunflower if you have peanut allergies), bird seed, and raisins. Then we hung … Read entire article »

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

8 Picture Books About Apples

8 Picture Books About Apples

There are so many wonderful picture books about apple trees, apple cider, apple pies, and everything apples! 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 Cultiva Manzanas … Read entire article »

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

Four Seasons of the Apple Tree

Four Seasons of the Apple Tree

One thing I missed when we lived in Texas was the changing of the seasons. We made this “Seasons of the Apple Tree” craft last year and the children requested that we do it again this year! We used slightly different materials but the process is very similar. Materials: blue sheet of construction paper (larger is better) glue scissors tree: brown paint spring and summer leaves: green paper buds: pink tissue paper for buds apples: red paint or red hole punches autumn leaves: orange and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Ecology, Fall, Featured, Science, Weather

A is for Apple Sun Catchers

A is for Apple Sun Catchers

We make new sun catchers for our windows every season. There are a few ways to make easy sun catchers and this is the simplest! For the early fall, we made apple sun catchers with an upper and lower case letter “A”. Materials: permanent (“Sharpie”) marker plastic (from a clear plastic bag, packaging, folders, whatever you have on hand) tissue paper (for whichever color apples you want, plus green for the leaf) glue glitter (optional) to hang: either glue stick OR a hole … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Fall, Featured, Science

Water Fun Round-Up: Ocean and Sea Creature Activities and Crafts

Water Fun Round-Up: Ocean and Sea Creature Activities and Crafts

Splashing, swimming, and sailing, in sinks, water tables, pools, lakes, and oceans…studying sea creatures, washing, measuring, and floating…there is so much fun to be had with water! For the Water Fun linky of the Smart Summer Challenge*, participants really “dove right in”! (*rim shot* Thank you! I’m here all week!) Mathematics Beach Party – Naturally Educational A House for Hermit Crab Craft – Naturally Educational Ocean in a Bag – Pink and Green Mama Juice Carton (or Milk Jug) Boats … Read entire article »

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Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

Forest and Woodlands Activities and Crafts Round-Up

In almost every season we love to go out hiking in the woods. We never know what forest creatures we’ll find! And we love seeing how the trees change over the seasons. There are so many great lesson plans, crafts, activities, songs, and books for studying the forest! The Forest-Friendly Linky from the Smart Summer Challenge* really made me want to get out and explore the nature surrounding us! Some of the ones from our participants (and … Read entire article »

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Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Backyard Science Activities, Crafts, and Books

Children are natural scientists and the backyard is the perfect laboratory. Whether you are digging in the garden with kids, chasing butterflies and other bugs with your children, or studying animals with junior naturalists, you are sure to find plenty of ways to explore nature. I really dug the ideas in the Backyard Science Linky (get it? digging? for backyard science?) of the Smart Summer Challenge*! Some of the ones from our participants (and other hostesses) … Read entire article »

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Water Fun #SmartSummer Week 5 Linky & Forest-Friendly (Week 4) Round-Up

Water Fun #SmartSummer Week 5 Linky & Forest-Friendly (Week 4) Round-Up

Show us how you’re having a Smart Summer! The prize this week (Water Fun Week) is from a company that is a staple in classrooms across the country and has really reached out to education bloggers to share their learning toys: Guidecraft. Before we get to the prize and the linky for Water Fun Week, let’s see what our community of learners has been doing for Forest-Friendly Week! Last week’s Forest-Friendly Linky really made me want to get … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ecology, Smart Summer Challenge

A House for Hermit Crab Craft

A House for Hermit Crab Craft

When I was a child, I got to take home the class hermit crab over a long vacation.  There is something incredibly fascinating about a creature that needs to borrow shell to protect itself and to exchange that shell for a new one as it grows. Check out this video on YouTube of a Hermit Crab changing its shell. My children are also intrigued by hermit crabs.  There are quite a few at the shore and … Read entire article »

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