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How to teach creativity outdoors

How do you teach creativity to kids?  In this nature connections story Addie Broussard shares a few of her own tips and suggestions.  For starters, she takes them outside. Read on to learn more about teaching creativity in the great outdoors. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only[…]

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Mom’s guide to exploring nature with babies

One of the most precious things in a parent’s life is to have the opportunity to re-live the joy and wonder of childhood.  Did you know you’d be given this gift when you had your first child?  I didn’t know how much I would appreciate and enjoy this second chance.  Also, I didn’t know how easily I would forget and let this opportunity go to waste. Slowing down and exploring[…]

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How to make any vacation a nature vacation

Have you ever specifically planned to take a nature vacation?  Do you intentionally include nature appreciation when you’re on vacation? According to Becki, in this latest edition of the nature connections series, you can find and appreciate nature at all destinations whether you’re visiting the beach or the big city. How to fit nature into your family vacation by Becki Svare Hey there!  I’m Becki Svare and I blog over[…]

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Kindness, Gratitude, and Mindfulness in Nature | A shared story

The importance of teaching our children to love nature cannot be underestimated.  It is our health, our happiness, and our future. ~ Ashley, of Look for Little Helpers Parenting is not an easy task.  Aside from runny noses, misplaced teddies, and sibling squabbles we also have to help our children learn how to be citizens of world – how to care for themselves, those around them, and the world itself.[…]

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Homeschool and nature connections | a mom interview

Homeschooling, wildscholling, unschooling, forest schools, play-based learning, nature emersion, living books, nature study, loose parts, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and on and on and on… Do these terms mean anything to you?  I’ve been coming across them a lot lately… maybe I’ve been spending too much time reading child development books and surfing the facebook feed.  There’s a movement to bring more nature into our children’s lives and lessen our control[…]

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Making connections between sensory development, nature, and babies

Experts tell us that babies need sensory stimulation for proper sensory development as they grow.  For new parents, knowing which stimulation is best can be difficult.  With every book you read, documentary you watch, or auntie you ask, the question of what’s the best baby stimulation seems harder and harder to answer.   This post offers simple advice to put you on the right track.

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Gardening and Wellbeing | A Love-Seed Story

Seeds are powerful. They are tiny and tough, resilient and creative, potent and productive. As I rummage and sort through my seed collection, I am touched by the story of each seed…. The story of garden seeds is inextricable from the human story, and stories are powerful. ~ Lorrie Shoettler Your connection to nature is personal.  It is unique.  Whatever that relationship looks like will not look the same for[…]

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Nature Reading: Kids Books about Spring and Gardening

When does that gardening itch begin for you?  For me, it’s in the coldest of winter, when the snow is falling, and when I haven’t seen the dirt for months.  That’s when I start thinking about seeds and flowers, about bees, and fresh strawberries. We’ve been exploring our library’s shelves for kids books about spring and gardening lately.  Below is a collection of notable books we’ve enjoyed on the subject[…]

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What Connects Your Family to Nature? | A Story Shared

You don’t have to be an outdoor adventurer to connect your family to nature, but it sure helps!  Do you take your family trekking through the woods and let them sleep under the stars? In this addition to Take Them Outside’s Connecting to Nature Series, Mark shares how a childhood of outdoor adventure has inspired him to share his love of nature with his own children. (I’ve included some affiliate[…]

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