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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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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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Must Have Natural First Aid Kit

Must Have Natural First Aid Kit

Having a handy first aid kit to carry everywhere with you is a must have and if you spend time out in the woods, there are certain emergency gear you should always carry as well. One of my goals this year was to get out and explore more. Find more hiking trails, go camping, go fishing and kayaking. I found that each activity required different gear.  A 32L backpack for longer hikes, a 12L hydropack for shorter hikes, a nature bag for quick walks around town and a dry bag for fishing, kayaking and camping.  I needed a first aid...

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Best Eco Friendly Summer Kids Activities

Best Eco Friendly Summer Kids Activities

The summer is the perfect time to take it easy and offer your kids some fun and eco-friendly activities.  My kids love the traditional kids' toys or activities and let's face it, they are often not the most eco-friendly activities.  Over the years I have found some earth-friendly alternatives to some of the most popular summer pastimes as well as a few other eco-friendly activities to entertain them! 1.  WATER BALLOONS My kids LOVE water balloons.  The eco-friendly conscience person in me hated using them (and lets face it, picking up the tiny shrapnels from the grass!).  My kids would...

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