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…

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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…

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…

favorite picture books for kindergarten

Our Favorite Picture Books for Kindergartners

We are big into books over here. Like really, really into books. Picture books hold a special place in my heart because they spark a love for reading at literally any age. Both of my boys will look at picture books and listen to me read them for hours. “One more thing is of vital…

Introducing Young Children to Classic Literature — Feast on What is Good

One thing we are real big on in our home is literature. I'm ashamed to say I wasn't really into the classics as a child - I loved reading, but I read mostly twaddle. You know, horse books and the like. 🙂 It wasn't until my college years did I start getting into the classics.…

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…