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Simple Nature Activity for Kids

We loved doing this simple nature activity for kids.

Simple Nature Activity for Kids

Learning is so much fun when it doesn’t feel like learning, isn’t it? The other day, we took a walk around the neighborhood looking for interesting pieces of nature. Everything our children discovered we observed; What does it look like? What does it do? Color? Texture? We talked about how important that small seed is, etc.

After finishing our walk, our children dumped their bags of nature goodies on their outdoor table, and we grabbed some paper and glue. We put together an impromptu activity that kept them interested the entire morning! Our son created an entire story on his paper out of bark and seeds about taking a bike ride with his daddy through a forrest.

Simple Nature Activity for Kids

Something as simple as leaves, seeds, some glue and paper can be a wonderful learning experience for your child. Just remember to talk about things like texture, color, purpose, patterns, and size. And of course, listen to the stories and explanations that they have to tell! There is nothing better than to see their little minds turning with thought.

This nature activity seems so simple, and it really is. It’s the things you talk about as they hold each piece of nature that is important, along with giving them a chance to be creative with something that they can piece together and hold in their hands.

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Welcome to the New Blog- Now Let’s Have a Giveaway!

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After blogging as a hobby for quite some time, I am excited  to announce that I have moved to  my new self-hosted blog!

I am so thankful for all of the positive feedback I have received in the last year, and I cannot wait to start this journey with Young Earthy Mama. You will be seeing plenty more urban homesteading and education posts, as well as a few great recipe posts!

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Don’t Forget EARTH DAY!

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Tomorrow is Earth Day everyone!

Please remember to do something special, whether that means planting some flowers, or just picking up litter from the ground. There is nothing more spectacular than our Earth, so just take a moment to appreciate her. It seems to me that many people forget this Holiday, and I’m unsure why. After all, if we didn’t have the Earth, what would we have? Nothing.

We need to teach our children to love the Earth that they live in not just today, but every day. We cannot let them lose their connection to this wonderful place we call home. Let them explore and play outside. Answer their questions about the birds, and plants, and flowers with love in your heart for what the Earth has given us. Teach them to appreciate it. Teach them to cherish it, because after all, we only have one Earth.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and can teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” -John Lubbock

Simple Playdough Recipes

Since I am a mom of 2 littles, playdough is a pretty common thing in our home. I used to buy the expensive “Play-Doh,” until my mom gave me a couple of great simple playdough recipes. After making the first batch, I realized it was ridiculous I had spent so much money on the premade stuff. What is that stuff made of anyway?! It doesn’t even smell safe.

Now I make a healthier, safer alternative to store-bought Play-Doh that is safe for little ones.

Simple Play Dough Recipe

Homemade Playdough

Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Cook Time: 5 minutes.

Supplies

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1/3 Cup of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring/ Natural Coloring
  • Knead in Essential Oil for smell if preferred, after it is cooked (I love adding peppermint and lavender!)

Mix everything together in a sauce pan. If you are going to add food coloring, add it in as well. Cook over low-medium heat while stirring. After several minutes of stirring, the playdough will suddenly thicken. Keep stirring until no liquid is left. Take the pan off of the stove and let cool for a few minutes. All you have to do after that is knead it so it becomes a smooth dough. Then it is ready for smooshing and mashing, and all of that fun stuff! When the kiddos are done playing, I always store it in a baggie in the refrigerator so it lasts longer.

My mom also had a Peanut Butter Playdough recipe in the back of her old recipe book. She used to make this stuff when I was very little. It’s pretty great because you don’t actually have to cook anything and it only takes a couple of ingredients.

Peanut Butter Playdough

Prep Time: 5 minutes.

Cook Time: 0 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Dry Milk Powder

Add all three ingredients together, and mix well until the playdough becomes the proper consistency. Store in a baggie in the refrigerator for future use. Easy peasy 🙂

Always remember that you have little helpers that will learn just as much from measuring and cooking their playdough with you, as they will playing with it once it’s finished!

I also have a Pinterest Board dedicated to Playdough Fun! All of the pins contain free printables  for playdough mats. Click here to check them out: Free Playdough Mat Printables. I haven’t invested in a laminator yet, so I just use cheap plastic page protectors, and they work to protect the paper perfectly.


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