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Pine Cone Bird Craft

Pine Cone Bird Craft

Even before my eldest could talk, she loved birds. I admit, I did not know much about birds before my kids came along, but I’ve learned a lot along with them. For my daughter’s Daisy troop, we made these pine cone song birds. My son wanted to make one, too! Next month, February, is National Backyard Bird Feeding Month and this is a cute little craft to do with kids. Pin It Materials pine cone googly eyes feathers paint glitter (optional) tacky glue glue dots orange … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Featured, Science

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

5 Picture Books About Thanksgiving and Turkeys

Here are some of our favorite picture books about Thanksgiving and Turkeys. These are the children’s books my kids look forward to each year. Pin It You might think that, as a vegetarian, I have little love for a holiday that centers around a feast featuring a whole roast bird. I do love pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, and apple muffins, though! Plus, my first two children were born in August. Go ahead. Do the math. I’ll … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture

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! Pin It 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 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Ecology, Featured

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 »

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6 Free iPhone Apps to Get Tiny Techies Learning Outdoors

6 Free iPhone Apps to Get Tiny Techies Learning Outdoors

Pin It My family and I head outdoors at every possible opportunity. A big part of my educational philosophy is that learning best occurs with a genuine physical connection to the material. And nature is like a giant laboratory where children can use all of their sense to explore, ask questions, and perform experiments. My husband, an Eagle Scout, is a natural outdoorsman. I also love just wandering around a beach or forest path to … Read entire article »

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Books for Junior Ornithologists

Books for Junior Ornithologists

February is National Bird Feeding Month and today begins The Great Backyard Bird Count.  My husband and I were never avid birders before but my daughter showed an early and intense interest in our feathered friends. So, learning about birds has become a family passion. Here are a few of our favorite books for junior ornithologists: Pin It Bird Calls (Hear and There Books): A short riddle introduces eight common birds. Then, pull the tab to reveal a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Science

National Bird-Feeding Month: Interview with Dr. Horn of the National Bird Feeding Society

National Bird-Feeding Month: Interview with Dr. Horn of the National Bird Feeding Society

Pin It Dr. Horn, Director of the National Bird-Feeding Society, answered my questions about getting young children involved with National Bird Feeding Month. Why is it important to feed backyard birds during the winter? Bird feeding is an important supplemental food source for birds. During winter storms birds may have greater difficulty meeting their energy demands, and food from bird feeders can assist birds in meeting their requirements. How can young children, 3-8 years’ old, get involved with … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Ecology, Featured, Winter

Hoo Do You Love?

Hoo Do You Love?

Pin It My daughter loves birds, owls especially. And Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love so we were very inspired by these Valentine’s Day Owls from Molly at Mommy Coddle. Owls are a perfect animal for Valentine’s Day because while most owls have round facial discs, the barn owls (sometimes called “monkey-faced”) have heart-shaped facial discs. We modified the design two years ago to create this owl, which is mainly my cutting and my … Read entire article »

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Christmas Tree Ornament – On Pins and Needles!

Christmas Tree Ornament – On Pins and Needles!

Every year, my daughter makes homemade ornaments for our tree and for family and friends.  This year, my toddler joined the tradition with the simple glass globes.  I’ll be sharing last year’s beaded snowflakes later this week.  This year, we made a whole Christmas Tree! Pin It We used a kit purchased from Oriental Trading but these are materials you can easily find nearby if you are short of time or prefer not to order.  I just … Read entire article »

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Pine Cone Turkey

Pine Cone Turkey

Pin It It’s turkey time! I’m a vegetarian but most of the family loves their turkey.  Thanksgiving is all about counting our blessings and one of those is a full table–with family, friends, and plenty of tasty food. And my son is really into the birds when we visit them at a local farm or at the Audubon center–he loves yelling “gobble, gobble” and hearing them gobble right back at him. Pin It Materials: pine cone five (5) or more leaves (pressed … Read entire article »

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