We’ve found some truly amazing, life-enhancing ways to help your child and family embrace the best in life – wonder, beauty, joy and imagination.
Visit farms, create pine cone people, make soil … and more!
As things slow down for all of us, it can be a chance to bond more deeply with our families.
Check out what we’ve found!
Apricot Lane Farms
Brand New! Every Friday at 10 am Apricot Lane Farms live streams Fridays on the Farm on Instagram.
The Founders and Farmers of Apricot Lane Farms, Molly and John Chester, take you on tour to meet their animals and see how they use diversity and habitat in the most harmonious way possible. It’s spring, so baby animals are all around with happy, waggy tails! An up-close meet-up we think you’ll love!! If you miss an episode, you can find it on Apricot Lane Farms YouTube channel.
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots is Jane Goodall’s world youth program with a mission to empower young people to affect positive change in their communities. Connect with others locally or globally. Get inspired by former and ongoing youth power projects here.
A great way to get started is to check out their activity page entitled Mindfulness: Acts of Kindness. Taking time to notice small acts of kindness can lead to a child wanting to do some of their own! This activity can take as little as 10 minutes a day. A win-win for all!
There are also 1-Click Actions, simple steps for your child to get involved in a big way!
Live Nature Webcams
Explore nature around the world in real time with live webcams! Visit penguins, bears, bald eagles, whales, sea lions, gorillas and more! Deeper learning opportunities are a click away on explore.org.
There are many studies showing that children should spend a lot of time outdoors for their overall wellbeing! Try out this this simple, free, printable nature scavenger hunt for toddlers for a first outing!
The Magic of Tidying
We are often prompted to get rid of stuff at home because there is no more room and want more space. What if there was a better metric to decide when to shed our things?
Tidying expert Marie Kondo, bestselling author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying,” and star of the Netflix hit show, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” says that metric is joy.
In addition to practical tips such as space-saving vertical folding, she shares how her thorough process doesn’t just leave you surrounded with more space, but with more joy. There are lifelong lessons to be learned by implementing Marie’s art of simplifying.
Kids love to play in dirt. Why not use their natural interest and make soil? Once your family sees the magic of turning scraps into soil that smells like a forest, there’s no turning back!
MakeSoil.org is a global movement for Soil Makers and Soil Supporters. You can feature your soil site on a map and join others around the world who are reconnecting with the earth and each other.
Start a Garden
Spring is the perfect time to plant a garden!
See the 10 advantages of creating and tending a garden with your child.
But, if you only need one reason … no one says it better than Alice Waters:
”From the garden, and the kitchen, and the table, you learn empathy-for each other and for all of creation … By preparing, cooking and eating wonderful, flavorful fresh food, together…by going around the dinner table and expressing gratitude, we learn about what it is to care.”
Excellent articles on organic gardening are available at High Mowing Seeds.
A Natural Wildlife Foundation Habitat
Create a wildlife habitat garden right outside your door!
The Natural Wildlife Foundation tells what kind of plants will help attract butterflies, robins, owls and maybe even a bullfrog!
Discover the essential elements needed for wildlife. Once those are in place, you’re eligible to get certified as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat®. But even better, you’ll start seeing birds and butterflies visiting!
Exploring Nature With Children is a complete, year-long curriculum designed to guide you, step by step, through an entire calendar year of nature study. Completely self-contained, this book has all the information you need to make nature study happen regularly for your family.
Written by Lynn Seddon, a home educating mom, her curriculum is intended to deepen the connections both with your children and with the natural world around you. March has topics and activities on Nesting Birds, Spring Ponds, the Vernal Equinox and Garden Snails.
The curriculum is available for $18 as a pdf download.
Twig & Toadstool
The Imagination Tree
Explore nature through play, art and investigation with these amazing 60 ideas from The Imagination Tree that encourage interaction with the natural world.
Ideas include concoct with it in a mud pie kitchen, create a sistrum instrument from a branch, make pine cone people, build a magical fairy garden … and more!
Green Kid Crafts
If you don’t have time or are able to take a nature walk and collect things to use in crafts, take the shortcut and get all the materials in a box from Green Kid Crafts.
They have hands-on science and art kits for ages 2-10+ delivered to your door.