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Nature Bingo Printable (FREE!)

It’s time for our monthly freebie! Since everyone loved our free nature scavenger hunt printable, we decided to make a nature bingo printable for free as well!

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This is something you can easily take along with you while going on a walk to the park, a nature hike, or you could even take it along on a camping trip. It gets the kids out there and digging around in the dirt and bushes, and who knows what they could discover!

We like to start off our bingo game by gathering little pebbles or flower petals to be our bingo markers. It just seems fitting to use pieces of nature to mark our nature bingo sheet.

This is a game that kids of all ages can easily enjoy. We hope that you love it just as much as we do, and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and get similar printables and posts sent directly to your email!

Download Your Free Nature Bingo Sheet!

Download your free printable here—> Nature Bingo Printable PDF

Have fun playing outdoors!

20 Children’s Books about Nature

There are so many great nature books for children out there, and we have decided to share some of our favorites with you. This post does contain some affiliate links, however we do personally recommend these books and have many of them in our playroom now. Our son has recently shown a huge interest in nature, so nature books are something we have been reading daily in our home.
Nature books for children

We hope you enjoy this awesome list of quality children’s books about nature! If you have any personal favorites, we would love to hear about them in the comments!

Nature Books for Kids

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees– Learn all about trees with Old Mr Crinkleroot. Learn about forest ecology and different types of trees while enjoying beautiful watercolor illustrations. Our kids have always loved Mr. Crinkleroot!

Diary of a Worm – This is a silly book about the life of a worm. It will make your kids (and probably you) laugh, while opening up questions and conversations about how worms are helpful to the earth and our soil.

Bugs Galore– Although this book is all about creepy crawlies, the illustrations are bright and colorful enough to grab the attention of just about anyone!

Tale of a Tadpole– This is such a great story about a little girl and her pet tadpole. With the turn of each page the tadpole slowly changes into a toad. The illustrations are beautifully painted with watercolor.

Nature Anatomy- The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World– Learn about nature anatomy in a new way with these amazing drawings.

Wildflowers Blooms and Blossoms– A field guide for children that is easy to follow and contains plenty of information about 29 common flowering plants.

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Walking in Wild Places– A great book for little nature explorers, Old Crinkleroot guides you through the forest while offering tips on how to dress, identify poisonous plants, and how to behave if you spot a wild animal.

First Nature Encyclopedia– An in-depth encyclopedia for children to learn about the natural world.

The Leaf Man– A fictional story about leaves and other pieces of nature blowing along as fall arrives. “Leaf Man” is actually illustrated with pictures of real fall leaves. This is a great story to read before doing this nature craft with your children.

A Stick is an Excellent Thing– A great book of poems celebrating outdoor play, with things that cost nothing.

Who Pooped in the Northwoods?– Come along with a family as they find different kinds of scat and discover who it came from!

Super Nature Encyclopedia– This is Mr 5’s personal favorite. A Smithsonian book filled with huge, up-close and high definition photographs of unique animals. This book is also full of unusual animal facts that will be sure to keep your child interested.

Monarch and Milkweed– Is a simple and beautifully illustrated, yet factual story of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and it’s connection with the millkweed plant.

National Geographic- Everything Rocks and Minerals– This book takes on the style of a magazine. It is full of bright photographs of many different kinds of rocks and minerals. Tons of information are provided in the captions and fun facts.

Ultimate Bug Sticker Book– The title says it all. It’s an awesome  sticker book full of life-like bug stickers!

Fun with Nature– A great resource to keep around when hiking or exploring, and it also contains plenty of activities to keep your children entertained.

Tell me Tree– This book talks about the parts of trees, different kinds of trees, and also has instructions for making your very own tree identification guide. It is simply illustrated for younger children to enjoy, but also covers some more advanced topics such as photosynthesis.

A Seed is Sleepy–  Beautifully illustrated by well-known artists Dianna Aston and Sylvia Long, this book is a must-have for children of all ages. It is a great classroom resource as well as  a fun book to read. Learn fun facts about many different types of seeds.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt– This book is all about the lovely things you can see growing in the garden, but you also get to learn about the worms, snails, and other crawlies that live under the garden too!

Swirl by Swirl– Learn all about swirl shapes in nature with this bright and colorfully illustrated book.

 

As we said earlier, we would love to hear about your personal favorites in the comments! We are always looking for great books to enjoy and I’m sure other readers are too.

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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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I Was Homeschooled, and I wasn’t Normal…

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Since openly discussing our decision to homeschool our children, I have come to realize that people may not always be accepting of our choice. I have also discovered that I have a smidge of insecurity to what people’s reactions are going to be when we tell them. Sometimes we get a look of judgement or concern, and people have even said things like, “Don’t you want them to be NORMAL kids?” Or “The homeschooling families I’ve meant are just WEIRD….”

What many people do not know, is that I was homeschooled for eight years a child, and while sometimes it hurts when people make negative comments about the way I was raised, and now about the decision we have made for our children, I just have to remind myself that they may not understand, but that’s okay. I have to remind myself that I wasn’t “normal,” but it wasn’t a bad thing…

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That’s right, I wasn’t a normal kid.

I didn’t spend five days a week at a desk with other kids around me. I didn’t go to recess every day, or spend an extra hour or two riding the bus, and I definitely didn’t have to worry about test scores. Basically, I didn’t have what in my opinion was equivalent to a full time job at the age of six. To some, I may have “missed out.”

Today, as a College-educated adult with children of my own, in my opinion, I was given the chance to learn at my own pace. I was taught to love learning. I was given the freedom to explore my interests as far as I could ever imagine. I was given the chance to form my own opinions about life, among other things, without the influence of my peers and others on my thoughts and decisions. In regards to the quality of my education, or whether I was “equal” to my peers, I would definitely say that I was. In subjects that I really enjoyed, I was grade levels ahead. I was given plenty of one-on-one attention, curriculum that catered to my specific styles of learning, and I also learned to love self-guided learning. If I had a question, I would find the answer. I was taught that learning is a continuing part of every day life, and something to be enjoyed.


I remember getting a microscope for Christmas as a child, and thinking that it was the most wonderful thing I could have ever asked for (My son uses that same microscope today to explore his most current interest, nature). Of course, some may think that’s a little unusual. So yeah, I’m not “normal,” and maybe I was a little “weird,” but that’s because as a child I didn’t care if my jeans were in style, and I couldn’t tell you the difference between The BackStreet Boys and NSYNC (clearly I was born in the 90’s). Those things weren’t important to me.

All I had to worry about was being a child, and that’s all a child should have to do.

So please, don’t judge a homeschooling family because their lifestyle is different from your own. I am not saying there is anything wrong with public education, or private school at all. What is good for one family may not be good for another. Homeschooling can be hard sometimes, and after making the decision to homeschool our son for his first year of kindergarten, I have seen quite a lot of judgement and concerned expressions aimed in the direction of our family. So yes, our children may end up a little “weird,” but that’s because they are being raised differently than what a typical child would be. That does not mean that it is a bad thing, and it certainly does not mean our children are missing out.

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