Are you a parent that is still struggling with being thrust into homeschooling your children during this global pandemic? Are you in need of more “at home” applications for nature-based ideas for keeping kids busy, reconnected with nature, and learning? I get it. It’s not an easy time. Spending time in nature reduces stress and can be our ally at this time. To help rethink our outdoor spaces, I have compiled 5 of my favorite posts that relate to inspiring “at home” Backyard Teaching Gardens.
5 Easy Tricks to Transform Your Backyard into a Teaching Garden?
Backyard Teaching Gardens can be backyards, side yards, windowsills, and/or porches. These spaces are anywhere outside of your home where children have access to nature. Backyard Teaching Gardens are one-of-a-kind and can be created on a shoe-string budget. They may include one or all four types of gardens: Gardens that Feed, Gardens that Attract Wildlife, Gardens for Art and Beauty, and Gardens as Outdoor Learning Stations. Creating a Backyard Teaching Garden is easy and fun especially when you involve your children. Read More HERE.
How to Make Epic Nature Journals
So what is a Nature Journal anyway? A Nature Journal is a tool to write, draw, and document experiences and observations from nature. Nature Journals provide, children and adults alike, a vehicle to connect with Nature in different ways. Nature Journals can be beautiful works of art both inside and out. Read more HERE.
5 Tips to Make DIY Birdhouses
Did you know there is an extinction crisis happening among birds? Birdlife International notes, “Instantly recognizable and beloved bird species including Snowy Owl, Atlantic Puffin, and European Turtle-dove are all now globally threatened with extinction.” Kids love learning about birds and can learn a lot from watching their behavior. Creating a bird sanctuary can be as easy as making a simple birdhouse. This project is best for school-age children. Read more HERE.
3 Steps to DIY Signs that will Transform Any Outdoor Space
Have you ever walked through an outdoor space filled with signage? If so, did you feel like someone was guiding you through a garden and sharing all its special places? Did your garden walk include a garden story? Signs not only create “literacy-rich” environments, but they also can transform any outdoor space into an Outdoor Classroom. This includes our own backyards, side yards, and porches. The best part? Kids love this activity! What type of signs can you add to your outdoor space? Read more HERE.
10 Ideas to Get Your Outdoor Garden Space Ready for Spring
Spring is such an exciting time in the garden. Yet, with it, it brings getting outdoors to see the damage in our gardens from the winter. Mild or otherwise, it can be daunting to walk about your backyard or outdoor classroom and write a checklist of “to do’s”. I did this today and boy oh boy my “to do” list is long. To deal with my overwhelm, I put together 10 ideas to jump-start and get ready for Spring. This made it easy to include my family and in all outdoor Spring clean-up projects. I am now tickled with possibilities for my Backyard Teaching Garden and can’t wait to dig in. Remember! Take baby steps and include the kids in all these projects. Read more HERE.
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“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere .” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Are you struggling to get the kids outdoors daily, creating regular routines while still staying productive?
Never in a million years did I ever dream that we would be in the middle of a global epidemic with the entire world in “lockdown” mode and confined to social distancing. As we embark upon these uncertain times, with our schools closed, it’s important to seek and find the silver lining. With every crisis, there is an opportunity.
Are you gravitating to nature to find peace? Are you spending more time outdoors with your family? Has your creative genius suddenly appeared?
Art heals and diving into these playful daily nature art activities in my own Nature Art Studio has inspired me to get outdoors, structuring my days and keeping me busy. Parents all over the world are sharing these same outcomes with me.