NEST … with five and one family nature hikes | spring + summer schedule

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Spring/Summer Family Nature Hike schedule

Waking up to light snow yesterday morning makes me more than ready for some nice hiking days. Please join us for some fun family hikes exploring local kansas city trails. Pass this invitation on to other nature loving families that might be interested and check the schedule above for hiking dates and details.

Here are some favorite scavenger hunt printables we like to use and will have copies to handout for our hikes.

Scavenger list and other resources from ListPlanit – This one is more extensive for older children

Scavenger Hunt by Make and Takes

Nature Scavenger Hunt from iMOM - This one is all about the senses

Here’s a great website with many resources for teaching children about nature, gardening, and sustainability. Perfect for incorporating into Earth day lessons. (btw, Earth Day is April 22) They have a great intro video about the importance of urban gardens. Nature Works Everywhere by The Nature Conservancy.

Happy Hiking!

Julie

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CREATE … simple last minute easter ideas for this week

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Bunny ear bags for fruit from A Subtle Revelry. Such a fun idea and a great alternative to candy. Lamb ears would also be fun to experiment with.

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Easy textured painting using found materials – bubble wrap and corrugated cardboard via Ko-Ko-Ko kids

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Egg Cartons filled with treats by DesignMom. Simple, fun way to package Easter treats. I have been saving some shredded brown packaging paper that would be perfect for this.

Happy Monday

Julie

Inspiration … spring clouds + cloud art and science with kids

It’s hard not to get inspired by the clouds when they are as stunning as this. Yesterday our sky offered some gorgeous formations that made me think of science and art experiments for the kids. I have probably posted about Lisa Grossman before but she has some amazing cloud paintings here to take a look at and I have also posted about the beautiful skies of the Flint Hills here that might offer more inspiration.

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Journey on a Cloud by Veronique Massenot and Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Here are a couple of cloud books to check out from your local library that might inspire some artwork from your children. The Journey On A Cloud is inspired by the artwork of Marc Chagall and the Eric Carle books are always great inspiration for tissue paper paintings. In fact, here is the exact technique Eric Carle uses, which is very cool and great for older kids to experiment with. For younger children, torn pieces of colored tissue can be glued to paper and then apply wet water with a paint brush to the surface for a very simple and fun technique.

Here are some great experiments we’re anxious to try out. I’m starting to collect ideas for summer projects and the boys are really enjoying science these days.

how to make a cloud in a jar by Kidspot and this rain cloud experiment by Learn Create Love

Julie

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