In the classic book The Secret Garden, ten-year old Mary Lennox and her cousin nurse a secret garden back to life and discover happiness and health when the garden blooms and thrives, its pretty flowers attracting all sorts of busy pollinators in the sunshine. Indeed for youn.... read more
We are a huge musical family. We just love peppering conversation with songs or singing on the road. The sillier, the better, and off-key is fine for the less musical-minded in our family. Of all the places we like to sing, our favorite place is on the trail because we're usua.... read more
Planning a day out with your favorite young nature explorer but unsure what to pack? If patience could be bottled, you should definitely bring a whole gallon for any hike with preschoolers. However for practical reasons, this list of 11 items are the essentials that ca.... read more
Best way to kick the winter blues? Head to the beach and forget about the season. Yes, it's cold outside, but the ocean in winter has a certain soothing quality that leaves you fully relaxed and recharged. If you are lucky to live near a coast, there's certainly a beach near y.... read more
The winter solstice is behind us. Let longer days ring in the New Year! If gingerbread and candy canes smell like the holidays to us, what about the winter and new beginnings? What is your favorite winter smell? Here are a few ideas to enjoy the smells of the season cozily at .... read more
Need an easy and quiet way to entertain your little ones? With basic felt squares and a pair of scissors, you can make adorable backgrounds to tell your own stories at home. Whether for nap time, bedtime or just quiet time, these felt story theaters will be perfect to let yo.... read more
Six is the magic number for snow - did you know that? If you had a big magnifier and stepped outside with your children on a cold winter day to watch snow fall from the sky, here is what you might observe - six-sided hexagonal crystals, needles or flat six-sided crystals, and .... read more
Happy Thanksgiving! Just because trees can't talk doesn't mean they won't appreciate a little love on this day where you show appreciation for people in your life. For Thanksgiving, here are five meaningful ways you can make a difference and show your children that nature shou.... read more
There's a reason fairytales and fantasy books are set in nature. Leafy woods, rolling hills, twisted trees, and clear waterways take on a magical dimension when the day ends and long shadows create fanciful shapes around us. With the right story to tell, a few treats to savor .... read more
Darkest Peru, tropical islands, the Himalayas—it used to be that geography was all about faraway and exotic destinations. As intriguing as it can be, getting kids interested in geography can be tough if they can't touch or see anything in real life. Their neighborhood, on th.... read more
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