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Monday links and loves

Well, just like that, Summer is here. Forget about Spring, here in the Forest temperatures have reached summertime highs and the trees and plants are struggling to keep up. However, in keeping with the calendar rather than the thermometer, we have some lovely Springtime links today. Enjoy!

  • Looking to introduce yoga to your little ones? Here is a wonderful Garden themed sequence sure to get your littles garden worms wiggling and stretching.

  • Here is an interesting article about alternative ways for children to connect with nature.

  • Another article to share, this one explains why letting your children be bored is one of the best things you can do for them.

  • This was made twice this weekend for breakfast.

  • We found this store (Canadian based) that sells ladybugs larvae!! If you have tried hatching butterflies, why not try ladybugs next?

  • And one last one, just in case the heat has hit you as quickly as it has hit us. This looks like a ton of fun!

Happy Monday everyone!

Earth Day Links and Loves

Happy Earth Day! In celebration, here are some of our favorite links on celebrating with your family. Also don’t forget that the best way to celebrate Mother Earth is to go outside and enjoy her beauty!

  • The boys and I made these this weekend. Fun, easy, and really cute.

  • This list has some really great simple ways to go out and enjoy Mama Earth with your little ones.

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a great activity book that could be used for older kids. Lots of things to explore about climate science.

  • This is a great article about how too much technology is killing children’s relationship with nature.

  • Finally, how about gardening on this Earth Day? No space? No worries, grow some seed in egg cartons!

Also, depending on where you live, there are Meteor showers expected tonight. If the weather cooperates where you are, take a blanket outside and look up at Mother Nature’s fireworks display.

There are lots of other great ideas, books, crafts, and such out there celebrating Earth Day, but really the best way to teach your children how to care for and love our planet is by example. Go out, enjoy her beauty, tread lightly, care for her, and your children will do the same.

Monday links and loves

It’s Monday, so time to link up our favorites of the past week and what we have been reading and discovering.

  • We love this simple list of Spring activities to do with your kids.

  • Speaking of activities, this post gives lots of simple, fun things to celebrate Earth Day with your little ones.

  • We are loving this etsy shop. I think she could furnish the whole of Mariposa Forest!!

  • Heather over at Beauty that Moves, is sharing a grown up colouring page this weekend. It is one of her beautiful drawings and she is allowing you to fill in the rainbow of colours that suites you best. Who said colouring is just for kids?

  • One last one here, just in case you can’t make it out into the forest today.

Happy Monday everyone!

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{kids expending energy. we’re back to winter this week. hopefully spring comes soon!}

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

A letter for Annie and Me

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Last week we received an email from one of the several Preschools that receive our letters. This one is a cooperative nature based Preschool for 3 to 5 year olds. Receiving the letters in a classroom setting is different that getting them at home. There are lots of little voices that have opinions and questions. Lots of eyes noticing things in the photographs, and lots of little imaginations all drawing up the world that they each see inside their heads. In a class full of 20 students, you will have 20 different images of what Alfred Gnome looks like.

Imagine our delight when we received this…

“We LOVE our subscription! We always save the letters to read on our Outdoor Days (Wednesdays) and the children love it when I say to them ” We got another letter! ” . At the beginning it was difficult for them to sit still and listen to a story that was not a picture book. However, the adventures of the creatures in Mariposa Forest soon drew them in and we have relatively little difficulty now. I ask lots of detailed comprehension questions at the end of each letter and the children always understand exactly what has happened! The latest fun is guessing who the letter is from by the colour of the envelope! I also have to admit that it was the children who noticed the stamps with the animals on them. Well done!”

It doesn’t really get any better than that for us. Thank you to all of the teachers and parents at the Chelsea Cooperative Preschool who allow us to come in twice a month and spread a little magic into their day.

Link ups and loves

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Happy Monday! Hope the weekend was warm and Spring like where you are, because it certainly was not here in the Forest. Oh well, it has to arrive sometime right?

Here are a few of our favorite things right now to start the week off right.

  • The Children and Nature Network launched their month long campaign, Let’s G.O. (Get Outside). Visit their website to read more about it and to find activities happening where you live.
  • We love this article on finding a playground in the natural setting. Playgrounds and structures are fun, but Mother Nature has quite a lot to offer as well.
  • This clock is fantastic!! Every home should have one.
  • Earth day is fast approaching. I think this week we are going to try and make up some seed bombs and go color Mother Earth to celebrate! You can find out how to make them here or a little different method here.
  • It is fairy garden time! Will you join in this year?
  • With all of the talk of unplugging going around, we found a wonderful little post here about how one Mom took back her children from the media zone.

What links are you loving this week?

{this moment}– The very windy day

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

{making the most of a very windy day!}