We enjoyed the Outdoor Nature Challenge for Winter…and the children are so happy to begin our Spring Journals. Not just because of the journal, but it’s Spring….everything is blooming and the weather is perfect (most days).
And…the children love walking with Daddy. Recently, we took a walk with Daddy and as we were leaving our back yard, we found some amazing fungus. (I could not resist taking a picture. ) My daughter was happy to pick it up, feel the texture and say “Oh Mom, these are always here…”
The adventure did not end there…my husband is hunting hunting for deer antlers…apparently this is the time of year they drop them….and the squirrels love eating them. But, Dad’s on a mission and I’m sure he’ll find some.
While we did not find any antlers, we did find the remains of a deer. I wonder if a local coyote took this one down… Regardless it was interesting to find most of the bones and the teeth…aren’t they wild! One thing I learned…is that this was a female because there were not ‘horn nubs’ on the skull.
Now, I realize these were not part of this Spring’s Outdoor Nature Challenge, but something to learn about and discover…and the children are looking forward to learning more about the mushrooms/fungus and deer in the future!
On to our Nature Journals…
Over the past two weeks, we have had some beautiful days. During one of those beautiful days, the kids and I packed up our clip boards, oil crayons (my daughter’s favorite), our pencils…and walked up to a commons area in our neighborhood.
The children sat…and drew their Spring Nature Scene….. As we sat and drew…we listened to the wind and the birds. We listened as we sat up and as we lay down on the ground. The children took notice that the wind sounded different when we were laying down…and of course, the puffy clouds in the sky quickly became various animals or other things we enjoyed laughing about.
All in all, it was a GREAT start to our Spring Nature Journals and our walks! We are excited about more adventures and can’t wait for nature to show us more of her amazing beauty over the next few months.
Are you starting your Spring Nature Journal?
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