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"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."  â€”John Muir

Seeing the natural world through the eyes of a child is an enlightening experience. Their innate appreciation for and fascination by all living things is a quality that can lead to many fulfilling learning experiences. Our science program builds on the inherent interests of your children as we teach them how to hypothesize, investigate, and report their findings through authentic real-world experiences.

Crazy About Carrots

Dive deeper into the world of farming by spending time learning about carrots! Here is a list of resources that make us crazy about carrots: PeelerÂ...MORE

Gifts for the Young Naturalist

Ready to turn an ordinary day outdoors into an exciting scientific adventure? Below are our all-time favorite gifts that are sure to inspire the yo...MORE

Flower Explorations

What is more charming than a field full of wildflowers? Whether you come upon them on your next family hike or have a few growing in your backyard,...MORE

Insect Explorations

Explore the fascinating world of insects! From bees and lady bugs to fireflies and grasshoppers, insects are an ideal way to teach children about...MORE

Bird Explorations

Introduce children to the joy of birdwatching by teaching them how to observe the birds in their own neighborhood. By equipping junior ornitholo...MORE

Beach Explorations

Playful Learning is all about slowing down and enjoying the small teachable moments with children. A little preparation using the materials below ca...MORE


Description Volcanos are one of those universal topics that captivate children young and old… These lessons guide you and your child through th...MORE

What Lives in the Ocean?

Description Children are fascinated by sea life… Our oceans and bays are full of fascinating creatures that can captivate young minds. One way...MORE

Parts of a Flower

Description Have you ever slowed down enough to notice a flower? To really examine and admire each tiny little part of these wild and beautifu...MORE

My Seed Journal

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed ther...MORE

Sewing Snowflakes

Description ‘Tis the season to celebrate snow! This hands-on activity encourages children to slow down and look at the details in snowfl...MORE

Dinosaur Investigations

Description Learning about dinosaurs can be very exciting for children, and often times they end up knowing more about dinosaurs than the adul...MORE

The Human Body

Description Identify beginning letter sounds while learning about the human body. Children cut apart a letter strip and match each sound to th...MORE

All About Leaves

‘Tis the season for appreciating leaves as they change color and gracefully fall from the branches… What better way to join in on...MORE

Phases of the Moon

There are few things in life as constant as seeing the Moon at night, yet what seems most predictable about the Moon, is the cycle of change that it...MORE

Backyard Science: the Colors of Nature

When we slow down and and take the time to focus on simply noticing, the natural world comes alive with inspiration. The Colors Of Nature activity en...MORE

Science Lab: Dissecting Flowers

I will never forget the unexpected delight I felt when my college botany professor announced that we would be dissecting flowers in class. The fact t...MORE

Favorite Flower Finds

1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. When the crocuses makes their first appearance in early spring it opens our senses to all of the potential...MORE

Look Closely: The Art of Observation

Now that spring is here, it’s time to start exploring the great outdoors! Developing the art of observation is an essential skill for our young...MORE

Life Cycle of a Seed

Watching a simple bean seed sprout offers children the opportunity to observe and document change over time. As the bean goes through its changes, ch...MORE

Simple Keys for Identifying Conifers: The Pine Family

Have you ever given much consideration to the various pine trees around you?  My children and I have been slowly identifying the deciduous trees in...MORE

Mystery Bags for Older Children

Mystery bags (bags in which you put items for a child to identify by sense of touch only) are commonly used with children in the three to eight year...MORE

Universal Lessons: The Solar System

Wow! What an amazing summer… As many of you know we opened the Playful Learning Studio in June and I’m happy to report that our new space...MORE

Nature Study: Getting Up Close

Nature is all around us, from the grass that grows between the paving stones near our house to a nearby wooded copse, ripe for exploring.  But how of...MORE

Water is Water: 3 Experiments for Kids

Confession number one, I am a sucker for the water cycle. I’m not sure what exactly entices me about this scientific phenomenon, perhaps because it...MORE

The Power of Here: Discover Your Local Watershed

Place-based education has been around for quite some time. However, it is gaining momentum in the public education sector as educators have discovered...MORE

Outdoor Adventure Kit

Is it getting warmer in your neck of the woods? It is here and we are so eager to embark on the great outdoors! I thought it would be fun to share th...MORE

Author Focus: Keri Smith

For the past three weeks, my daughters have been asking me “How many more days until spring?” The Midwest winter was long this year, so my girls k...MORE

Nurturing a Sense of Wonder

Caterpillars turning into butterflies, bean seeds sprouting and growing into nourishing food, the constant, yet ever changing phases of the moon, the...MORE

An Invitation to Learn About Seeds

Despite the deep snow all around us, there is a stirring of spring under our feet. The temperatures are not bitter cold as they were, we can stay out...MORE

Investigating Spring: Resources for Young Scientists

Springtime sun and rain puddles naturally raise our children’s desire to explore outdoors. Often, we do not need anything but the time and desire to...MORE

Winter Nature Science: What’s Warmer?

In the midst of winter, staying inside by the fire with a blanket certainly seems ideal. People bundle up in layers to brave the cold and blustery te...MORE

Harvest Learning: Pumpkins, Gourds, and Squash

One of my favorite fall activities is venturing with my daughter to the local farmer’s market to select natural autumn decorations for our porch. Ea...MORE

Tinkering with TinkerLab: DIY Lava Lamp

I am so happy to be a part of TinkerLab’s Blog Tour for Rachelle’s new book, Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors. I have bee...MORE

An Invitation to Learn About Birds

Today Emma from 95 Acres of Sky is with us to share some great resources and ideas for learning about birds with the little naturalists in our lives....MORE

Dandelions: A Playful Activity For Bringing Them To Life

Monique of Green Acorns is with us today with to share some dandelion inspiration on this lovely spring day! Dandelions – they seem to spring u...MORE

A Booklist for Young Scientists

At the moment my eldest son (aged 6) is so enthusiastically engaged in Science.  He wants to read and watch and explore anything and everything scie...MORE

Raising Little Inventors

“Mummy, what do you think is inside this?” Simple questions like these happen everyday. Questions which present us with opportunities to learn an...MORE

Studying Phenology with Time-Lapse

Last spring I wrote about introducing phenology to children and how to incorporate it into their nature journaling practice.  It is such an effectiv...MORE

Dinosaur Books and Apps for Little Ones

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some great app and book recommendations for the little dinosaur lovers in our lives…...MORE

Moon Spotting

Monique of Green Acorns is with us today to share some great tips and for moon watching with the budding young scientists in our lives… The tim...MORE

11 Picture Books that Inspire Children to Explore Outside

Seeing the natural world through the eyes of a child is an enlightening experience. Their innate appreciation and fascination for all living things i...MORE

Sensorial Education: My Five Senses (+ printable)

I love exploring the aesthetics of education… Simply by being thoughtful about what children touch, hear, see, and smell during a learning exper...MORE

‘Dem Bones Skeleton Yoga

Monique of Green Acorns is with us today to share a great yoga sequence for the little ones in our lives who are getting geared up for Halloween. The...MORE

Gardening for Kids: Germinating Seeds

I love seeing all of the signs of spring popping up around the web from our friends in Australia! Kate from An Everyday Story is here to share some g...MORE

Backyard Science: The Colors of Nature (video activity + printable)

When we slow down and and take the time to focus on simply noticing, the natural world comes alive with inspiration. The Colors Of Nature activity enc...MORE

Patterns in Nature Scavenger Hunt (+ printable)

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth As humans, we tend to look for similarities...MORE

Summer Science: Alka-Seltzer Rockets

Originally published as a part of the first annual Alphabet Glue Summer Science Special, this project has gotten great feedback from families looking...MORE

Anatomy for Kids: Teaching From the Inside Out

Becky from a Sweet Hot Mess is with us today to share all of her favorite resources for teaching children anatomy... While we are a Homeschooling fam...MORE

Printable Blank Birder’s Cards

Annie from Alphabet Glue is with us today to share some wonderful printables to enhance our bird-watching expeditions… When I wrote my last Pla...MORE

Fairy Garden in a Box

Have you heard about the lovely little fairy gardens people are making lately? The concept is for children to make a little garden space where fairie...MORE

Helpful Hints for Successful Birdwatching with Kids

We have been dedicated bird watchers this winter! Needless to say I was thrilled to hear that Annie, from Alphabet Glue, and her daughter share the sa...MORE

Holiday Crafts with Kids: Frosted Windows

We have Randi from Swoon with us today to share a fun project that families can enjoy together during the holiday season. You may have heard of proje...MORE

Simple Terrariums

Randi from Swoon! is here with us today to share a simple and beautiful way to introduce children to the concept of caring for the environment—and...MORE