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Winter Nature Scavenger Hunt Bingo





Winter is almost upon us and honestly, I’ve got the hardest time convincing myself to get outside and play with the kids. It’s one thing if it’s beautiful and snowing out, but it’s another if it’s just cold and gray, and let’s face it… ugly. I’m NOT a fan of cold weather, but there’s one thing I’ve learned since we started traveling full time, and that is that you’ve got to dress right if you want to enjoy the seasons! I’ve also learned that if you keep yourself cooped up in the house (or RV in our case), especially with small kids all day, you will go insane. It’s basically inevitable. Winter nature bingo scavenger hunt free printable

We are a family of nature lovers during all of the other seasons, so I make it a point to get outdoors daily during the winter. We bundle up in our hats, coats, and oakiwear boots, and head outdoors. You would not believe how wonderful the fresh cold air feels when you are dressed right and you’ve been cooped up in the house for what seems like an eternity.

Since my Free Nature Bingo Printable was such a hit, I decided to make a super fun Wintertime Nature Bingo Scavenger Hunt Printable!

Wintertime Nature Bingo Scavenger Hunt

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Insect Identification Printable for Kids FREE!





Our last few printables have done so awesome on the site, that I made a new one for FREE! It’s an insect identification printable made just for little ones.

This one is great becasue it gets your kids involved with nature and encourages them to ask some questions about the critters they find. Help them find the answers mama! That’s when they learn the most- finding answers to questions they actually want to know the answers to.

 

insect identification printable

If your little ones are interested in learning about insects, you can find some resources that I’ve gathered up below. Some are affiliate links, however we have personally used these resources and love them!

Insect Books

Insect Activities

More Printables!

Feel free to download and print our free insect identification printable for kids, and don’t forget to share the link with your friends!

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Click HERE to download. Have fun and happy hunting!

 

Thankfulness Activity

Teaching Thankfulness- Thankfulness Garland Craft

I’m certain many parents have had that moment when they realize their children may not show much gratitude or thankfulness towards something or someone.

My moment was when my daughter sat in front of the TV screaming, “I want that! and that! and that for my Birfday!” over every single toy commercial. She did not comprehend that the toys she receives for her birthday are something given to her by others out of love, and she definitely didn’t care for them like they were something she was thankful for.

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Children’s Outdoor Gear- Oakiwear Review

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Clothing

We took a hike on a chilly autumn day last week, but something was different…. Our children didn’t stay on the dirt path- they wandered through the bushes, down the creeks, and stomped in puddles. Although we take nature hikes quite often, they enjoyed this one more than any other.

Were they cold? Nope. Were they wet? Nope.

Outdoor Clothing Explorer Gear for Kids Review

They had clothing that was made for exploring the outdoors. It was well-made, warm, and waterproof! We have never seen our three year-old daughter enjoy getting muddy and tromping through water and weeds before, especially in the crisp fall air! Normally she will cry because her clothes get wet, or a thorn catches her pants. The hiking experience we went on that day changed the way our children feel about nature. They were able to explore and enjoy it while still being dry and comfortable, and that’s why we love our Oakiwear!

Kids Outdoor Clothing Oakiwear

Sue from Oakiwear believes,

“if we truly wish to get kids active again, we need to provide them with the right gear at an affordable price to open the door to new possibilities in outdoor exploration.”

This children’s outdoor gear did exactly that. They went off the path and explored the world, and loved every minute of it.

Oakiwear Outdoor Kids Gear Review

Here’s a little more about the particular gear we were wearing:

We were given the opportunity to try Oakiwear’s Children’s Neoprene Rain/Snow Boots, Trail Pants, and Trail Fleece Lined Jackets. I tend to avoid doing product reviews, however this company is one that our family loves for several reasons…

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Gear

Quality

The quality of Oakiwear outdoor gear is comparable, and possibly even better than well-known outdoor clothing brands. The material their products are made out of are warm and can endure just about anything without tearing.

The Rain/Snow Boots were fantastic. We have yet to find similar neoprene boots made of this quality for the price that Oakiwear offers them. They are warm, waterproof, and comfy!

Oakiwear Children's Outdoor Gear

Sizing

One thing that definitely makes Oakiwear different from other outdoor clothing companies, is that it’s sizing starts all the way down at 2T! Most of their clothing is adjustable around the wrists and ankles, so you can also purchase them a little big, and adjust them as they grow. That means you can get a couple of years of wear out of one piece of their outdoor gear.

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Gear

Price

The price of Oakiwear products is unbelievably reasonable for the quality product you receive. Their waterproof trail pants are currently only $32.99, and they are AMAZING. Since they are adjustable at the ankles, and have a stretchy neoprene waste, I’m fairly certain my children will get at least three years of use out of them. If you divide $32.99 by three years, it ends up being right around $11 per year. THAT is beyond worth it for our children to be able to enjoy the outdoors without a care!

Oakiwear Children's Outdoor Gear Review

We love our Oakiwear because it gives our children a chance to enjoy exploring the outdoors  comfortably. Many may not realize how important outdoor play and exploration is for young children. Get your babies comfy and warm and encourage them to explore. You will see something new in them. You will start hearing questions and excitement coming from them. It is truly wonderful. It’s worth it. I promise.

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45+ Fall Crafts and Activities for Kids

Little ones love learning about the seasons, and with fall quickly approaching, I’ve put together a huge list of 45+ fall crafts and activities for your littles! There’s no better way to learn about autumn than to do hands on activities and even a little exploring!

Autumn Crafts and Activities for Kids

 Kids Fall Crafts and Activities

Creating a Fall Nature Tray from Edventures with Kids

Stone and Shell Owl Craft from Rhythms of Play

The Art and Science of Leaf Rubbings from Edventures with Kids

Sewing a Fall Leaf Crown from How Wee Learn

Unique Fall Crown from Rain or Shine Mamma

Nature Walk: Autumn Leaf Masks from Outdoors Mom

Fall Craft Activity- Sensory Jars

Fall Sensory Jars from Kids Play Box (Pictured)

Fall Button Trees from Hands On as We Grow

Nature Scavenger Hunt (Free Printable) from Young Earthy Mama

Let’s Build a Nature Wall from Meri Cherry

Top 10 Fall Nature Crafts from Rhythms of Play

Fall Tree Art from Kids Play Box

Name Activities with Colorful Pumpkin Seeds from Fun-a-Day

Fall Craft for Kids

Fall Leaf Letters from How Wee Learn

Lego Stamped Indian Corn from Crafty Morning

Coffee Filter Fall Leaves from Popsugar Moms

Search for Signs of Autumn from Rhythms of Play

Fall Leaves Garland from A Beautiful Mess

Pine Cone Splatter Art from Mess for Less

Autumn Woodland Treasure Sculpture from Filth Wizardry

Autumn Kids Craft Bark Owl

Bark Owl Craft from Fireflies and Mud Pies (Pictured)

Autumn Leaves and Gems Color Sorting from The Imagination Tree

Faces from Fall Leaves from Fun Family Crafts

Fall Leaf Rainbow from Love in the Suburbs

How to Preserve Leaves from Buggy and Buddy

Autumn Sensory Bin from B-Inspired Mama

Autumn Nature Table from The Imagination Tree

Ways to Play with Nature from Modern Parents Messy Kids

Fall craft activity for kids

Fancy Stick Crown from Mama Miss (Pictured)

Autumn Mobile from Red Ted Art

Fall Leaf Suncatchers from Cute and Peculiar

Tiny Guests from Manomine

Fall Leaf Lacing from Rhythms of Play

Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry

Salt Dough Leaf Impressions from Freebie Finding Mom

Paper Plate Owl from Huppie Mama

Maple Tree Leaf Globe from Premeditated Leftovers

Fall Wind Chimes from The Benson Street

Autumn Leaf Craft

Autumn Leaf Bunting from The Artful Parent (Pictured)

Pine Cone Owl from Broogly

Fall Leaf Painting from Minne-Mama

Leaf Hedgehog from Crafty Morning

Fall Play Dough Invitation to Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Acorn Activities for Kids from Still Playing School

Fall crafts and activities

DIY Acorn Peg Dolls from Rhythms of Play (Pictured)

Tissue Paper Fall Wreath from Happy Hooligans

Leaf-y Jack-O-Lantern from How Wee Learn

Fall Slime Recipe from Learning Through Playing

I hope that you found fall crafts or activities your kids or students will enojy! Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest for more great ideas, or sign up for our newsletter and get them sent straight to your inbox!

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