Posts Tagged ‘ spring ’

Backyard Nature Collecting

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

In our backyard, Magnolias are blooming, Lilacs are bursting, patches of chives are thick and green, and Violets and Dandelions are polka-dotting the grass. Last weekend, my two daughters set to work harvesting some of the beauty — some for spells and magic potions and some for a gorgeous flower garden centerpiece.  Not only was their creation beautiful and a true independent creation, it was a lovely way for them to explore the different textures, colors, shapes, and smells in their backyard.

Encourage  children to pick and collect the flowers, weeds, herbs, and growth in your surroundings (teach them to skip over special, planted flowers like Tulips and Irises). Leaves from trees and sticks and twigs are great additions to a natural collection!  Ask them to share notes about their observations and to draw pictures of their bounty.

Sometimes, it is okay to pick the flowers.

-Emily

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Make it :: Spring Crowns and Wreaths

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

It is yard clean-up time around these parts!  This weekend, we have grand plans to rake, pull, and trim in order to make room for all of the new growth that is coming our way.

Hook your kids into helping with the promise of beautiful decorations.  Encourage them to collect vines, twigs, long grasses, and dried stalks –all leftover from last autumn– to use as materials for crowns and wreaths.

They can twist, tie, wrap, and shape until the vines and grasses become circular and perfect for hanging or wearing.

Happy day!

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, April 12th, 2013

1. Visit Heather at a happy wanderer for simple and interesting ways to explore with marbles.  It struck me as a nice rainy day activity.

2. These cork key chain people are incredibly adorable! Wouldn’t they make great Mother’s Day gifts! via The Crafty Crow

3.  These naturally dyed beads use a similar process as naturally dyed Easter eggs.  The result is subtle and beautiful, and you can use them again and again for weeks and months to come.

4. Ohhh! Walnut Mice!  I have a thing for using nutshells to make things, and these are too cute.

5. Now that it is spring, it is a lovely time to make a fleet of origami boats. After you launch them in a big puddle or small pond, you can have boat races.  Just stay long enough to catch them on the other side.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

 

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Make it :: A Spring Nest

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

One of my most precious treasures is my collection of actual birds’ nests .  Of course, I only collect if I find one on the ground, discarded and clearly not in use.  This happens so rarely, since they are often reused again and again, which is why I treasure the ones that I have. The way the bird weaves and shapes with the promise of safety and coziness is breathtaking.

One day, a few springs ago, I decided to make a spring nest — just like a mama bird.  I shaped the eggs out of clay, painted them blue, and wove a snug little nest for them to rest in.

Each spring since, I set the nest in my dining room as a way to welcome the promise of new life. More photographs and directions can be found here, at my other blog.

Happy spring cleaning and nesting!

xo emily

 

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Bookshelf :: a spring favorite

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The Story of The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers is one of our favorite seasonal books to read at the beginning of spring.  It tells a short tale of the root children who live under the earth waiting for spring to arrive so that they can decorate the earth with their colors and spirits. My two love to imagine the tiny root children busily preparing for the green shoots and warm days ahead.  If your library doesn’t own a copy, you might want to suggest that they do!

We’re off to warm our cheeks in the sunshine.

Happy Friday!

xo emily

 

 

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