Flower Pounding Craft + Wildflower Nature Study

It's wildflower season here in Colorado - my favorite time of year to hike in the mountains surrounded by color! Last week we went up to one of our favorite spots and collected the most gorgeous bouquet, including some of my favorites: chiming bells, larkspur, Indian paintbrush, lilies and geraniums. I've already pressed these beauties…

Learning About Honey Bees ~ A Complete Nature Study Lesson Plan

Honey bees are one of our favorite nature study topics ~ they are such amazing creatures! Their hives are incredibly efficient, with different jobs assigned to their workers, like: Nurse bees, who care for the youngGuard bees that stand watch at the entrance of the hiveThe queen's attendants, which bathe and feed the queenConstruction workers,…

A Roundup of Our Best-Loved Spring Nature Crafts

Don't you just love this time of year? Here in Colorado, March tends to be more of a battle between winter and spring, as the first flowers bravely peek out from fresh waves of snow. Nature crafts are a fun way to celebrate the new season while we wait for things outdoors to thaw. I've…

12 Nature Play Ideas for May

Now that our yard is waking up and everything is blooming, I though it would be fun to do a roundup of nature play ideas you can do from your own backyard: Nature Playdough Caterpillars Nature Butterfly Symmetry Nature Weaving Craft Nature Salt-Dough Pendants Nature Scavenger Hunt Nature Bugs Grass Weaving Sun Catchers Nature Letters…

New! The POND Nature Journal is here

Friends, it's here! The Pond Guided Nature Journal is in my Etsy shop and ready for your little explorer. Inside are posters, flash cards, coloring pages and journaling prompts covering 5 different topics (frogs, dragonflies, turtles, aquatic plants, aquatic minibeasts), and I’ve also included ideas for activities, sensory play and a book list. Head over…

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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…

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What Makes the Seasons? {Spring Equinox Science Experiment}

Have your kids ever asked you what makes the seasons? The days are finally getting longer around here and the snow is almost gone, which is making us all slightly giddy. After a long, cold winter, the spring sunshine feels GOOD. A few weeks ago, I prepared a little lesson to teach my boys about the spring…

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…

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Spring Nesting Bird Study and Egg Craft

This week we studied all things birds with our nature study curriculum, Exploring Nature with Children. We are crazy about birds over at our house, so I thought I'd share our activities and resources here. Bird Study Activities Nest Building and Egg Painting This spring craft is a bit messy but worth it! The boys…