Thursday, July 14, 2011

Quiet on the blog-front!

Our summer has been wonderful...but I've been a little slack on posting to this blog. I guess I'm so busy being outside with my 'nature loving kids' that I haven't made much time to blog about it!

I have started a second blog that you may want to check out. It focuses on learning activities (mostly with my 5 year old) and lots of early math information!

Hope you are getting to spend lots of time in nature this summer too!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lessons from our Maple Tree

We had heavy winds yesterday as a quick storm passed through the area. The winds knocked down a large branch from one of our maple trees. After the storm passed we talked to my son about how the tree is slowly dying and explained that is why it's losing branches.

After breakfast this morning he went to the fallen branch, bucket in hand. He collected all the maple seeds that he could find. He loves finding the "whirlybirds" and playing helicopters with them. As he was bringing his pile onto the deck he explained that he wouldn't  be playing with these seeds but instead would be planting them, ALL of them, so he could grow more maple trees all around the yard.

Sadly, I don't think the seeds are fully matured since they are quite plump and green. I guess time will tell us if they will grow or not. I have read that most maple species require stratification in order to germinate, so I will explain that process to him and we can experiment with his new seed collection. 

Over the last few months he has become quite the horticulturalist. He is very proud of the apple seed that he has gotten to sprout. Now to see if we can get this large pile of maple seeds to sprout as well. Wait....this could turn into a HUGE project! I do love to see his empathy for the dying tree though...what a sweet boy I have!

"He that plants trees loves others beside himself."- Thomas Fuller

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Recipes from Nature

Who's ready to come over for some of our nature inspired recipes?
This particularly yummy looking concoction the kids recently made is their very own version of  'Cake and Apple Pie'. When I suggested we call it 'stone soup' I was told, "hula hoops are pie pans and you CAN'T make soup in pie pans!" (Duh, everyone knows that!)

So I asked about the ingredients and this led to writing the recipe out. Now we can remember how to make it again! Don't you just love the added illustrations!