Habitat Boxes: Beach

  Habitat Boxes allow us to categorize collections, have a mini-nature experience at home, and share our experiences with others. We have boxes to collect natural material from beach, desert, forest, & river environments. We love these hands-on experiences because they require children to use many senses. They feel, smell, and see natural objects. This…

Dreamcatchers

Overview When hung above the bed, dreamcatchers are said to catch the bad dreams and allow the good dreams to come through.   Read the Legend of the Dream Catcher. Materials Paper plates scissors single hole puncher ribbon, twine, tool, or pipe cleaners feathers, rocks, shells, sticks, leaves, acorns or other natural items hot glue…

Cultivating Imagination ~ Fantasy Flutes

Overview Sometimes, activities are spontaneously created by children themselves. Ventura’s New Parent Resource Center tells new mothers that children need nothing more than a piece of string to stimulate their imaginations and entertain themselves for hours. Travelling families, who live for months in foreign countries, often bring a soccer ball with them so their children…

Camouflage

Oveview This activity is a new take on Hide & Go Seek, and a favorite with all ages.  The game of Camouflage teaches participants about the predator/prey relationship and highlights how animals make themselves invisible to predators and how bright colors, or movement, can give them away.  This activity was my go-to when I worked…

Worms + Compost Box

Overview Teachings kids about worms & composting complements lessons on soil science, animal habitat, and environmental studies.  Composting with worms is called vermicomposting. Worms will break down plant materials as they eat it, pass it through their body, and turn it into rich soil for a garden.  This process provides nutrients for other plants, and…

Lolly Stick Puzzle

Overview Preschool and Kindergarten participants will make their own puzzles by stamping or drawing on flat lolly sticks when they are arranged together, then pull them apart to reconstruct as a puzzle.  In this activity, participants use visualization, artistic, and problem solving skills. Materials Eight large, flat lolly sticks per participant Baggies to keep each…

Bird Nests

Overview Preschool and Kinder participants learn how animals, specifically birds, create their homes.  This activity emphasizes how animals use the natural world to create shelter for themselves and for their young.  Fine motor skills and observation skills are used. Materials modeling clay craft feathers and recycled materials natural items, like sticks & leaves Teaching Directions…

Totems & Face Painting

Overview This lesson consists of two activities in which participants make connections between people, the earth, and animals.  Participants will use fine motor skills, practice art, learn how art represents real life, and make connections between past life and present day. Totem poles were a way for Native Americans living in the Pacific Northwest of…

Animal Tracks

Overview Students form questions, visually match patterns, and learn that animals have similarities and differences. Materials animal tracks book or online website showing animal tracks and information about each animal sidewalk chalk index cards Preparation Using an animal tracks book or online website, choose six to ten different types of animal tracks. Using a different…