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Snake Safety

Snake Safety

Two years ago I had my first run in with a venomous snake.  I was walking down a 4-wheeling trail when I noticed something to my left.  Slithering down the path towards me was a baby snake with a neon green tail.  I immediately stopped walking and told my than 9 year old to stop walking as well.  As soon as I stopped the snake slithered off the path and into the woods.  At first glance, I thought it was a copperhead! With the worst part being my daughter walking ahead of me saying the snake had crossed either in...

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Pom Pom Birds

Pom Pom Birds

These pom pom birds are so adorable and my kids loved picking out the yarn colors to represent their favorite birds!  I wanted to make them as realistic looking as we could, but these birds can be as simple or as complex as you want to make them.  They are a great parent/child activity as there are components that young children will need help with, including using a hot glue gun.  We chose to make 5 different birds, Red Pileated Woodpecker, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Pine Grosbeak, and a Red Winged Blackbird. My daughter wanted to make a pink bird,...

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Nacho Volcano

Nacho Volcano

This is "nacho" average volcano here, but it sure is a fun one to make! The kids were off of school and we had been talking about the Yellowstone volcano.  It's our favorite place to visit and often the topic of many discussions.  It's hard not to turn an interesting discussion into a fun food day!     This nacho volcano is easy to make and very customizable.  Other than the refried beans used to create the volcano, you can make this with any of your preferred taco or nacho toppings.  We chose lettuce, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes and ground beef.  Cheese was our...

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Snow Day Maple Syrup Candy

Snow Day Maple Syrup Candy

We had snow!  While this may not seem like something exciting to our Northern friends, us Southerners are all like Heck Ya, a flake fell from the sky, lol.   While we didn't get more than a couple inches, we had enough to build a snowman, have a snowball fight and go sledding (albeit muddy sledding...).  We had two wonderful days of snow filled fun before it all melted away and we logged more hours towards our 1000 Hours Outside Challenge those two days than we did all month! It had been 6 years since my kids had seen any measurable...

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Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

Over the last year I decided to supplement my kids learning with a nature curriculum called Exploring Nature With Children.  I had spent so much time outside during my childhood, which had lessened considerably the older I got.  During our lock downs last year, I found myself craving nature.  I HAD to get out of the house.  I needed to be surrounded by trees and the birds calling.  I think my youngest felt the same way.  Anytime I suggested we go for a walk, she was right there ready and willing to go with me.  We would observe nature together, finding...

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