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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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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 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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Teaching Your Toddler How To Spell Their Name

I have always enjoyed seeing my little boy’s eyes light up when he realizes he has learned something new. When he learned to spell his name he was just so excited, and I could see an immediate boost in confidence. I have mentioned in previous posts that he is a typical little boy- he bores very easily and it is sometimes difficult for him to sit still. This can be a problem in a typical classroom setting, but since we are learning at home for now, I’ve come up with some fun ways for him to learn how to spell his name:

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Grab those annoying, (and sometimes painful when in the bottom of your foot) blocks off of the living room floor, and stick a letter of your child’s name on each one. Viola, you have an awesome puzzle that your child can either line up or stack!

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Sing a Name Song Banner

We had so much fun with this one! We worked together to come up with a song that spelled out his name, and we sing it all of the time.

“C-A-M-E-R-O-N he’s Cam-er-on and he’s my best friend!”

or

“C-A-M-E-R-O-N, that’s the way you spell Cameron!”

I would love to hear from all of you about other ways you have taught your children how to spell their names!

Learning Math with LEGOS!

When I was little, “hate” was the word that came to mind when I thought of math. I never liked it, not one bit. Our son just turned four, and we have decided to try to teach him at home this year. I have been working really hard to find things that interest him and keep his little squirmy-self focused.

When it came to math, LEGOS were the answer!

My boy doesn’t care for worksheets just yet, but he has begged me every morning to “learn” since we started using LEGO Duplos (afflink)!
Right after breakfast in the mornings we grab our bucket of legos and I’ll make two stacks. He will count how many legos are in each stack, and then we combine them and count the total. We will say, “two Legos, plus four Legos, equals six Legos!”

He also loves predicting how many legos tall some of his toys are, and then stacking and counting his legos by the toy to see if his prediction was correct. I am so unbelievably impressed with how much he has learned by just counting and stacking his Legos.

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I have only started teaching my kids for about 30 minutes to an hour every day, and I am definitely learning right along with them. The most important thing I have learned so far is to just make learning fun!