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…
Stockings! It’s one of our favorite Christmas traditions. There is just something about opening a gift full of wonderful little surprises. Here are a few of our favorite stocking stuffers! 🙂
Mini Tins of Thinking Putty
We LOVE thinking putty. Especially since it has a new scented evergreen edition.
Glow Mars Mud
Once you start playing with this, you won’t stop! 🙂
With open-ended and sensory play in mind, Incrediblefoam is one of our favorites!
Magnetic Slime Ooze
Mix up a batch of slime that reacts to a magnet!
Cosmic Spinner Tops
Tops! We have literally played with these for hours on end.
Bubbles that you can actually touch without popping!
Wooden Animal Slingshot
Slingshots and giant marshmallows. It’s a blast!
Wildlife BB Pocket Puzzle
Patience is required, but still so much fun!
One of the most addicting things we have ever play with. Literally. 🙂
Original Metal Slinky
If you have stairs…this is a must!
A classic toy that has been a family favorite for years!
Old Fashioned Diving Sub
Just add a little baking powder, and watch the diving sub in action!
If you’ve never seen the Tornado Tube® in action you may not realize how dramatic it can be!!
A highly addictive game of dexterity and skill. A flick of the finger will send each Flippin’ Bird towards the cup!
Jetfire Glider Twin Pack
The original Guillow’s Balsa Wood Planes from more than half a century ago. Two Gliders are included that soar up to 25 feet. 12″ wingspan!
Would you like to grow some rocks? Fill a clear glass container, such as a wide-mouthed jar, with the special solution, and add the colored pellets to it!
Spiky Light-up Ball
Turn off all the lights, and start a fun tossing game. So many memories were made by playing with these!
Guatemalan Kick Bag
Hand crocheted in Guatemala, these are made to last!
Astronaut Ice Cream and Fruit
Enjoy your ice cream just as Astronauts do–the freeze-dried way! There is also cinnamon apples, grapes, peaches, strawberries, and bananas!
A science curiosity whose ancient and mysterious properties capture the attention of all ages. Rattleback will spin in one direction but when spun in the wrong direction, it will quickly stop, rattle up and down, and then begin to spin in the opposite direction. It also magnifies and is sure to entertain for hours!
My youngest has been traveling to conventions with us over the past few months. Amid the different locations and changing venues, she has held tightly to one constant: on every trip she brings a classic children’s literature book. These books are her old friends: Little House in the Big Woods; Charlotte’s Web; Winnie-the-Pooh; Farmer Boy;…
How Fiction Helps Children Grow — Simply Charlotte Mason
Unfortunately, the amount of time that children spend engaged in unstructured, child-directed outdoor play has diminished significantly in the past generation. Schools have opted out of recess and play time in favor of a more structured academic period. As many years of research has shown, that it causing more harm than good. Here are some of the amazing benefits that come with outdoor free play!
Playing outdoors gives children the opportunity to make decisions and problem solve, it provides an environment for creative thinking, and makes children use a higher level of sequence, planning, and organizing.
Outdoor play provides more opportunity for movement which in turn greatly decreases the likelihood of developing of developing obesity and disease. It also magnifies the use of fine and gross motor skills!
Overall, children who are active outdoors have much better moods, have a decrease in hyperactivity, and are less likely to have symptoms related to anxiety and depression.
The development in empathy, an increase in self-esteem, and the development of emotional intelligence is all part of getting outdoors to play! 🙂
Research has also shown that playing outdoors provides increased social interactions, higher levels of sharing, cooperating, and helping!
Play skills help develop creativity, and provide endless opportunities for imagination and engagement! 🙂