5 Easy Ways for Kids to Learn about Nature

Over 2016 I was amazed at how much we learned about nature just through regular outdoor play and exploration! I have never really planned nature study for us other than the occasional nature prompt and yet my son’s nature knowledge is astounding! It helps that he is really into nature….

We learned so much about Nature in 2016 just by gettting outdoors to explore and play! Here is a list of what you can learn along with some great resources to add to your homes for nature studies!

Things we Learned about Nature in 2016

If you follow us on Instagram you know that being outdoors and in nature is a huge part of our daily lives. I don’t often write about it on the blog because our outdoor play and nature study is for the most part completely unplanned. We just dress for the…

The LEGO Bug Hotel is a wonderful project for LEGO fans who also love bugs!

LEGO Bug Hotel

Do you have a nature-lover or a bug-obsessed child who also enjoys building with LEGO®? Then this project is for them! Using the bricks and plates that you have, they can build this simple LEGO® Bug Hotel to attract all kinds of bugs and insects in the backyard for observation….

Nature Exploration Kit

Do your kids love exploring and collecting nature? Mine sure does! Which is why I put together this simple D.I.Y. Nature Exploration Kit for Kids! It has all the supplies we need to go out, observe nature and maybe collect a few items to bring home for further inspection. This…

Build a Mini Ecosystem and allow your kids to safely observe bugs, reptiles and amphibians found in nature!

Build a Mini Ecosystem for Nature Observation with Kids

Do your kids love to find little critters in nature and ask to keep them for a while? Do you struggle with finding something to keep these special pets in? This is why we built a mini ecosystem! It’s a wonderful learning experience for kids to observe bugs, small reptiles and…

Process Art Challenge: Exploring Texture with Clay & Shells!

Exploring Texture with Clay & Shells

A little known fact about me, I once considered majoring in Art in college. I took art classes all through high school & a few in college. I loved my art courses and did very well in them. But in the end my practicality won out and I decided to…

Inspecting Pond Water, Natural Science for Preschoolers

Inspecting Pond Water

At the edge of our property is a small pond. We love walking down to the edge to look at the scenery and observe the natural changes that occur throughout the seasons. We are very lucky to be able to explore this beautiful location and learn all we can about…

Including nature guides on a nature table is a great way to get young naturalists interested in reading!

Nature Table Ideas with Books

Last year (2014-2015) we had so much fun participating in the Poppins Book Nook hosted by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom that we decided to participate again! And we couldn’t be more excited because we love book-inspired activities! The Poppins Book Nook is a monthly online kids book club that is completely…

Hands-On Learning about Fossils | Stir the Wonder #preschool #preschoolscience #science #kbn

Hands-On Learning about Fossils

These hands-on activities for learning about fossils actually started several months ago. This week we wrapped up what we explored last November and hopefully solidified Caden’s understanding of fossils a bit more. Below I am sharing books, hands-on activities and field trip suggestions all about fossils! Hands-on Learning about Fossils…

Banded Woollybear Caterpillar Study

Have you ever seen a Banded Woollybear Caterpillar? Autumn is the time of year when you start to see many of them in your yard or crossing the roads! I remember seeing so many along the side of the road as a kid. We used to say that the bigger…

Frog Life Cycle Science Table | Stir the Wonder #kbn #preschoolscience #handsonlearning

Frog Life Cycle Science Table

Earlier this week Caden & I got the opportunity to met some local homeschoolers and check out their accidental tadpole pond in their kiddie pool. Caden had so much fun catching some toads and watching the tadpoles swimming around with the other kids. At the end of the meet up…