During Autumn, different deciduous trees will drop their leaves throughout the season.
Collecting leaves is not only a fun, crunchy seasonal activity, but young ones also love playing with leaves.
Making leaves useful by adding them to kitchen scraps in a 2:1 ratio is even more fun, because it makes great compost! ;)
Turn collecting Autumn leaves into a fun, practical and scientific experience for you and your child! #liferocks
Learning a bit about our crystal collections from a scientific perspective , can be an awesome way to connect to nature and learn more about our crystals.
Helping your child use some scientific websites like mindat.org and gemdat.org to find out the properties of their crystals and recording them through art is a fun thing you can do together.
Even a scientific book on crystals and minerals is a great way to find the crystals that we have and may not know the names of.
Sometimes we simply need to get out in the woods.
The benefits of time spent absorbing nature are well evidenced - for relaxation, wellbeing, health, and clearing the mind.
Studies repeatedly show the positive effect on learning, behavior, development and mood that time spent in nature can have on children.
Sometimes we can take our busy modern mindset into the bush with us - but it is best to leave it behind.
Move slowly, open the senses, look around, relax your eyes
Starting your very own natural specimens collection is a great way to connect to nature.
Help your children to start their very own natural collection.
Pick a group of items from nature that fascinate you and bring curiosity into your life.
Crystals, metals, insects, living plants, rocks, fossils, bones, shells, plant materials - their are so many specific collections that the natural world offers!
Children love to collect things - and nowadays those collections
In our modern world of gadgets and tech, it can be hard for parents to assess and keep up to date with the innovations and how they may relate with their child’s development. Whilst something may entertain and the children enjoy the games, toys, or tech – is it suitable for their brains, bodies and development? Designers of children’s furniture, are not often developmental physiologists. Designers of iPad, phones and gaming apps, are not often developmental psychologists. Man
Sometimes the weather outside isn't very inviting for a trip into nature.
But we still have to come up with entertaining and educative activities for the children to do. . .
How about creating your very own book about metals?
It is super easy, and a great way to bring confidence in the research and learning process for people of all ages - especially the young ones.
Find some different metal objects around the home ( as seen in video "metals and magnetism").
Our home and life is full of different metals that we use for everyday things.
Using magnets is a great way to discover the composition and magnetism of the various metals in our home.
Find as many different metal objects as you can find ( silver, gold, copper, steel, aluminum, neodymium, tin, bronze etc) and line them all up .
Test each out with a magnet. Does it have any magnetism? Is the magnetism strong?
Find out which metals are magnetic and which aren't
Sometimes our every day environments can be brought to life with a little scientific discovery.
Many peoples driveways, backyards, parks, roads, and bushland contain many wonderful colored rocks and mineral specimens.
The video details a few different games that can be played with stones in our local environment.
1 - A sorting and organising game where children can find all the different colored stones they can find, and then collect some more of the same ty
Composting needs to be made easy so that we can all make good soil at home.
The simplest recipe for good compost is: 2 parts dry leaves (carbon) + 1 part wet vegie, fruit, and animal scraps ( nitrogen ).
Collecting leaves for the compost is a great Autumn activity to do, as all the deciduous leaves are dropping.
Put them in a bin and keep them next to the compost, and whenever you throw 1 handful of veg scraps in , throw in 2 handfuls of dry leaves.
Children love pl
Planting beans is the best way to build confidence in a beginner green thumb, because they grow in almost any soil, all year round, and sprout quickly.
The activity takes about 5 minutes from start to finish .
You will need :
Some green beans, broad beans, butter beans , or berlotti beans etc. ( most beans work all year round)
Some planter pots ( or use the bottom of milk jugs with some holes punched in the bottom)
Some soil ( most soil found in the backyard will work
Seriously though - who likes weeding?
Once I learnt about the chop and drop technique of weeding it was a revelation. Having to clean up after yourself sure does takes the fun out of everything... ;)
Seriously , though - The "chop and drop" Permaculture technique of weeding, actually works as a great mulching technique. All we have to do is pull the weeds and leave them on the surface to compost. (unless the weeds have gone to seed and then don't mulch them,
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Children learn by watching adults go about their lives. It is all very well and good to tell a child to play outside - but when Mum or Dad are glued to a screen all day long, absent-mindedly swiping through an iPhone, or even outdoor averse (e.g.; bug phobic Mums), what message is being sent to the children through their parent’s actions? We know that excess screen time is bad for the developing brains and bodies of children. Being concerned for younger generations is often
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