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 love of nature and National Parks, it also made it easy to throw the party outside, where the party animals could run free!

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Pinch Pot Pumpkins… and a Ghost

Pinch pot pumpkins (and ghosts!) are really fun and easy to make. We took the classic pinch pot process a step further, shaping our pots into spheres then “carving” them like pumpkins. READ MORE

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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Celebrations Around the World

Every season is full of celebrations around the world but what a “trip” we took this month! In the short span of a week, our family celebrated Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos, and Diwali with friends. READ MORE

Creating Open-Ended Play Spaces: First Steps

When I decided to create more open-ended play spaces in our home, I wasn’t sure where to start. Even though I’ve attempted to be thoughtful about toy purchases and arts and craft supplies over the years, I’m afraid we’ve accumulated way too much stuff. And usually, I’m so busy trying to keep said stuff from literally covering our floors that I rarely pause to take a closer look. READ MORE

Planting Seeds with Kids

Planting seeds with kids is an easy and inexpensive opportunity to spend time together and teach at the same time. My children are in awe of the sprouts that emerge from what look like dry little specks. All it takes is a little soil, some seeds, simple containers, water, and a little warmth and light.

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