There are so many adorable nature-themed Valentines Day crafts for kids! Take some time this weekend to create some of these adorable keepsakes!
Nature Valentine’s Card
You Rock Valentines
Valentine’s Bird Feeders
#4. Love Bug Valentine
Toad-ally Awesome Valentine’s!
Plantable Valentine’s Heart
Heart Stick Mobile
We absolutely love nature study in our home, however as soon as the cold weather hits it seems to get a lot harder to keep it up…
January makes getting outdoors even harder, which also means cabin fever is starting to set in. This is why we love this full moon schedule! It gives us a fun January activity!
Gear up with some blankets and a thermos full of hot coffee and enjoy some night sky gazing!
January 31- Wolf Moon
March 1st- Worm Moon
March 31st- Blue Moon
April 29th- Pink Moon
May 29th- Corn Planting Moon
June 28th- Strawberry Moon
July 27th- Thunder Moon
August 26th- Green Corn Moon
September 24th- Harvest Moon
October 24th- Hunter’s Moon
November 23rd- Frost Moon
December 22nd- Long Night Moon
Being outdoors has incredible benefits, and with spring being just a few months away, we’re compiling some of our favorite sensory activities for littles!
#1. Mud Pie Kitchen
Some of our favorite memories were those of making mud “food”. We would mold the mud into whatever our imaginations created and then would paint the creations once they dried.
#2. Creek Wading
#3. Pine Cone Sorting
Our little guy loves to gather all the different pinecones and sort them according to size.
#4. Leaf Threading
A thin stick will work just as well for threading leaves together. This is another one of our favorites!
#5. Stone Sorting
Grab a little bucket, and let them start a collection!
#6. Lots of Grass
Playing in the grass is one of the best sensory things to do with littles!
#7. Tree Bark Rubbing/Art
Take a large piece of paper and hold it (or tape it) on the tree. Then take some chalk and gently rub the paper over the bark! The results are beautiful!
#8. Barefoot Sensory Walk
You can walk on grass, small pebbles, sand, mud, and so much more!
#9. Water Play
Playing with water can inspire so much imagination!
If you have a smooth surface and some chalk, the possibilities are endless!
These are some of our goals for 2018!
#1. Get Outdoors!
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily little tasks. This year, we’re making time to simply be.
#2. Plan Ahead
Taking time to prepare on the weekends, make such a huge difference in how our week goes! We prep meals, plan our lessons, and take time to rest.
Clean room, clean mind!
#4. Read More
There are so many wonderful books on our reading list this year!
#5. Try New Food
We don’t branch out from what we know too often, so we’re looking forward to trying new things this year!
#6. Make Time For What Truly Matters
Stop, unplug, and savor.
Even though we travel a lot for work, we’re looking forward to planning some extra trips to explore new areas!
We can’t wait for some October camping this fall!
#9. Nature Journaling
Take time to be observant of nature!
#10. Perfect Something New
Attempting to write an original is on this bucket list!
Have any more ideas!? We would LOVE to hear!
What is open-ended play?
A child engaged in open-ended play is simply going with the flow. He is exploring open-ended materials — objects that have multiple uses and infinite possibilities, like paint, clay, sand, mud, water, blocks, and Legos. There are no expectations, no specific problems to solve, no rules to follow, and no pressure to produce a finished product. It’s all about free play — the freedom to invent and discover!
What is the benefit of open-ended play?
By simply fiddling around with a wide range of materials, he practices a wealth of brain-boosting skills that will serve him in school and throughout his life. Just think of what it takes for him to make sense of the unstructured nature of the materials — imagination, creativity, vision, and patience. He learns to deal with infinite possibilities before taking a big leap of faith. He makes something no one has ever seen before, which requires trial and error and problem-solving. Meanwhile he is offered the chance to create order and express meaning.
Have fun doing some open-ended play today!