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GardenMama. .: Thank you for the beautiful comments you shared with me on my last post.


It was truly a pleasure to read each one! :. Wildlife Fun 4 Kids. Easy Crafts for Kids - Project 10 - Let's Make Bugs. Want free craft supplies for your 'Easy Crafts for Kids' Projects?

Easy Crafts for Kids - Project 10 - Let's Make Bugs

No better place to look than in good old Mother Nature herself! Take a stroll in nature with us, you'll be amazed at what you will find and what you can create with it! Let's take a peek at what we are about to create... Martin Waters. Danmala : mandala art.


Feuilles. Drift Wood Orb Tutorial. Dear Chicago House, After a lovely vacation on the beach I am drawn (once again) to creating beachy thing.

Drift Wood Orb Tutorial

I think it is my destiny, to one day, to live on the coast. I saw a lovely drift wood orb in Crate and Barrel recently and as soon as humanly possible went to my secret Chicago beach to collect some drift wood, ready to make my own version. Lake drift wood is just as good as sea drift wood. Ta da! It took a little patience and did result in quite a few hot glue gun burns but what can I say I should wear gloves! What you need Short lengths of drift wood, get way more than you think you will need. Blow up the beach ball.

Once the ball is totally encased in wood deflate and remove. How easy was that? Love from Creative in Chicago. 60 Nature Play Ideas for Kids! Here are 60 amazing ideas for exploring nature with your child through play, art and investigation!

60 Nature Play Ideas for Kids!

I recently gave a talk at a nature play group, in the middle of the woods, about activities to do with your child that involve natural resources and that encourage interaction with the natural world. Here are those ideas that I gave in that talk, plus many more, with links to some fabulous articles from some talented writers around the web! MudUse it to make a birds nest The Chocolate Muffin Tree Concoct with it in a mud pie kitchen Paint with it The Chocolate Muffin Tree Have a princess mud tea party The Golden Gleam Simply play with it Sun Hats and Wellie Boots SticksPaint stick creatures Growling a Jeweled Rose Make instruments, weave material, and play games with them The Good Long Road Create a sistrum instrument from a branch Daria MusicMake your own blocks from driftwood Let the Children Play Push them into play dough Mummy Musings and Mayhem Simply sort and play with them Pine Cones.

The Land Art of Sylvain Meyer. New to me, these wonderful land art installations by Swiss artist Sylvain Meyer who modifies wooded areas and landscapes to create various impermanent patterns, sculptures, and textures.

The Land Art of Sylvain Meyer

Everything seen here was constructed without the use of Photoshop, even the mossy spider. Whoa! See much more over on Flickr.