Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Creek Time, Habitats, Palm Leaf Cross Craft, More...

Animals and their Habitats
Tundra, Rainforest, Ocean, Desert. Kids loved matching the animals to the habitats. Though I had to look online to know where they lived!
Habitat Quiz
Tundra, grassland, woodland, rainforest, desert. Somewhat informative. Advanced for 7 yr old but she likes a challenge as long as it is on the computer.
Rainforest Lapbook
We are way too disorganized to do such a thing but what fun for a kid - if the parent is not too critical and allows much creative freedom.

One of our favorite outdoor activities is creek time. A short walk from our house is a small creek that the kids adore. The 7 and 4 yr olds spend between 5-20 minutes exploring. The 24 month old plays in the stroller with the wildflowers, sticks, or nuts that I give her. The big kids need little direction or inspiration. There are rocks, sticks, bark, snails, ladybugs, wildflowers, and oh so much more! There are fluid mechanics, botany, biology, ecology, and the God of creation in every visit.

On the 2nd day of taking an 8 yr old neighbor with us to the creek, she said it was the "best day of her life - well, except for yesterday" (the first day we took her to the creek).

Kids love the outdoors and I prayed God would help me get them outside more often. It was torture for me. Then my mother became ill, and out of necessity we had to be out of the house to keep it quiet for my mom who passed away a short time later. So from tragedy comes one of many blessings - we now go outside almost every day even in extremely cold weather. It is WONDERFUL! (Though I confess I do not always want to go.)

Cross Craft from Palm Leaves
I made them - kids were busy taping them to their other crafts which included egg collages made from broken dyed egg shells (from nature center class). FUN!

Create Your Own Nomenclature Cards Online
AWESOME! Creates cards with your words and site searches Internet to find matching pictures.

God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31

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