Building a Bird’s Nest

It’s easy to assume that building a bird’s nest would be pretty simple, right? Birds only have little beaks and feet to work with… and that’s not even mentioning the common idiom of “bird brain” meaning stupid or flaky. Surely, we (arrogant) humans, with our dexterous fingers and big brains will find building a bird’s nest easy… or will we?

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Best Nature Books for Kids

Are you a nature lover (and book lover) and want your kids to be the same? From day one it’s been important for us to instill our love of nature AND books into our kid’s hearts and minds. Here are some of our top picks of best books for nature lovers at every age and stage.

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Junior Ranger Birthday Party

Want to throw a Junior Ranger birthday party for your little nature lover? We had so much fun with this theme.

Not only did 7-year-old William’s idea align beautifully with our family’s love of nature and National Parks, it also made it easy to throw the party outside where the party animals could run free! READ MORE

Playing in the Snow

It’s been a mild winter here in the Pacific Northwest so we’ve ventured into the Cascade Mountains for snow play this year. We’re lucky that we don’t have to travel far to find a winter wonderland.

We’re also lucky to have a library nearby because when my kids asked, “Where does snow come from, Mommy?” my vague explanation about moisture, clouds, and temperature didn’t seem sufficient. The Story of Snow took our understanding of those lovely frozen flakes to a whole new level. READ MORE

Nature Mandalas for Diwali

In honor of Diwali, India’s festival of light, and to enhance our feelings of connection to the rest of the world, we made Nature Mandalas, also known as Rangolis today. ‘Rangoli,’ a Sanskrit word meaning creative expression through color, is the art of drawing beautiful patterns on the floor, typically using colored powder. READ MORE