Little Brown Bat FREE download

Little Brown Bat Printable What with Halloween approaching, my kids are currently obsessed with bats - and after watching the Wild Kratt's little brown bat episode - well, now we are the proud owners of a backyard bat house. What can I say. Nature is my weakness. I've created these Little Brown Bat nature study…

Autumn Play Dough Recipe + Nature Stamps

Our favorite thing to do now that the weather is cooling off and the leaves are changing is to collect autumn "treasures" on our nature walks. Pine cones, acorns, leaves and berries make wonderful loose parts to play with - but they make even better play dough stamps! (And, they're freeeeeee) This cinnamon scented play…

Salt-Dough Nature Pendants

The boys and I needed a handcraft to make for the Wild + Free handicraft fair and this was the perfect little project. While I plan on teaching my boys practical handcrafts - like sewing and woodworking - this time I needed something simple enough that my three year old could participate in. Salt-dough is…

How to Set Up an Art Center for Kids – and Inspire Creativity in Your Home

Do your kids love to create? My boys will literally craft and create things all day long if given the opportunity. I've been reading Julie Bogart's new book, Brave Learner, and it's inspired me to up my game in my own home when it comes to carving out spaces for my kids to express their…

caterpillar craft

Caterpillars Unit Study and Caterpillar Craft

For the past few weeks we have been studying caterpillars with our nature study curriculum, Exploring Nature With Children. I have to say, this has been one of the most exciting subjects to study (for all of us). Along with our curriculum, here are some of the other resources we used: Anatomy of a Caterpillar…

DIY Flower Sun Catcher Craft for Kids

A few weeks back, the kids and I made some simple sun catchers with the wildflowers (and weeds) we collected on some nature walks. Of course, my pockets are ALWAYS loaded with all kinds of treasures from our walks - rocks, leaves, flowers, etc. This was a fun way to turn their nature treasures into…

Celebrating Easter with a Resurrection Garden

Easter is one of those holidays we try to be intentional about at our home. We don't do much with the Easter Bunny (the kids do get baskets) and instead aim to remember the most crucial event of our faith. An Easter Resurrection Garden is a simple and lovely way to visualize that declaration spoken…