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The Gift of An Unhurried Childhood – Nature Club Saturdays

Allergy season has come upon us and two of my four daughters suffer so badly that they can hardly open their eyes in the mornings.  I decided to leave my own girls home for this reason today and headed off to meet my nature club children on my own. It was strange going off to …

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May Day Crowns and Circle Time

May Day Crowns Although I prefer to use all natural materials and real flowers, I wanted to be sure the children could take these special crowns home to keep for playtime.   In this case I used artificial flowers with a wire backing, ribbon and colored bells.   To make these easy crowns simply measure …

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Earth Day Moss Garden Terrarium

Here is a beautiful Earth Day activity created by my brilliant festival series co-writer Sara Wilson of Love in the Suburbs.  This wonderful project is featured in both the Little Acorn Learning April Enrichment Guide and our new Late Spring Festivals E-Book. And don’t forget to enter to win a free e-book in our Earth …

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A Fairy House Contest

We were snowed in another day here at Little Acorn Playgarden and boredom was setting in with my girls.  I decided to take out the sweet book Fairy Houses by Tracy Kane and challenge them to spend their afternoon making the most beautiful Fairy House they could create.  I presented them with a flat surface and …

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Nature Club – Birds and Feathers

We need the tonic of wildness… At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and see be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.  We can never have enough nature.   ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: …

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Wildlife Tracking

A big part of my Nature Club will be for the children and I to learn to identify various parts of nature when outdoors such as; which leaves come from which trees, bird identification, plant, herb and weed identification and of course, learning to identify which animals make certain tracks.  This time of year we …

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Nature Club – Discovering Pinecones

“What if parents, grandparents, and kids around the country were to band together to create nature clubs for families? What if this new form of social/nature networking were to spread as quickly as book clubs and Neighborhood Watches did in recent decades? We would be well on our way to true cultural change.”  – Richard Louv, …

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Pass the Peace

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.”   Rachel Joy Scott (1981-1999) Student, First Victim Of The Columbine High School Massacre Martin Luther King, …

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Look for The Light: The Winter Solstice

“I will love the light for it shows me the way.  Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

 On this rainy and dark Winter Solstice, I am here with the children and working hard to bring the light and joy of the new winter sun and Christmas …

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