The Forest Guided Nature Journal

It’s finally HERE! The Wild Child’s Nature Journal ~ The Forest is done and up in my Etsy shop. This project feels a bit like my fourth child, and I hope it’s something that can be a blessing to you and your kiddos. Inside The Forest, I've included 8.5x11 posters, flash cards, coloring pages and…

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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…

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…

My Preschooler’s Favorite Picture Books for Preschoolers

It's no secret that we are a book-loving family. My big boy was reading short chapter books by the time he was four, and both boys will sit for hours and let me read to them. Because of them and their love for reading, I've become a huge fan of children's literature. For posterity's sake,…