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Fudge Log Tree Rings

Fudge Log Tree Rings

Here is a fun nature themed treat that your whole family is sure to love.  Make them just because or as part of a tree themed study unit. These were a huge hit in our house and my kids loved counting the "tree" rings in their fudge cookie. I paired these cookies with a coniferous tree unit where we learned about foraging for white pine needles and making pine tea, as well as their lifecycle and different types of pine cones.   Did you know that some deciduous trees have a type of cone called a serotinous cone?  It has allowed certain pine tree...

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Yummy AND Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Bark

Yummy AND Healthy Fruit and Yogurt Bark

Here is a fun twist on chocolate bark that your kids are sure to love!  It's easy to make and healthy.  It requires only two ingredients and takes only a couple minutes to prep.  Ingredients: - Yogurt of your choice - Fresh or frozen fruit Steps: 1. If you have big berries, I recommend cutting them into smaller pieces 2. Spread yogurt on silicone mat or parchment paper.  I do not recommend skipping this step.  With out something pliable, it will be difficult to get the bark off. 3. Place berries onto yogurt 4. Put tray into freezer.  5. Once...

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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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