Bird Feeder Craft
The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don’t want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for food to help them survive the winter. You can help to supplement their diet of dried berries and seed heads by creating a simple feeder from materials you probably already have lying around the house. If you have an empty plastic jar, juice jug, or soda bottle, ...Continue Reading
Lavender Soap Recipe
Materials: (yields 6 small square hand soaps) 10.5 oz melt-and-pour soap base 5 mL lavender essential oil 1/4 cup ground lavender buds (for mixing in to the soap) 1/4 cup ground lavender buds (for sprinkling on top) Mortar and pestle or food processor (optional) Various containers for molds Cutting board and knife Microwave safe jug, or glass bowl and saucepan Brown paper, rafia, other decorative paper to package (optional) Printer to print out labels Directions: Melt the soap base by ...Continue Reading
Origami Cranes
Materials: Square piece of paper, either plain or patterned Steps: Fold the paper in half to form a triangle. If using a piece of paper colored on one side only, begin with the colored side facing up. Unfold the paper and repeat to make folds. Flip the paper so the colored side is facing down and fold the paper in half forming a rectangle. Unfold the paper and repeat to make folds. Now fold along all four creases at once ...Continue Reading
Rock Garden Caterpillar Craft
Activities that involve using nature’s finds for creating are brilliant for keeping kids busy, and is also great for their creativity. Not only do spend time crafting but they also spend time outdoors finding items. Bonus! You get them outdoors for a bit which, in some electronic filled homes, is hard to do AND you get them crafting. This project is great for remembering your childhood and giving your children a piece of it, too. This fun rock craft is a ...Continue Reading
Soda Bottle Compost
Materials: Empty 2 Liter Soda Bottle Soil leaves, grass, newspaper, spoiled produce, and anything else you can find in your home or yard that can be composted               Steps: 1.) Cut the top off a 2 liter soda bottle and rinse it out well. Remove the label so that you can see everything inside the bottle well. 2.) Start with a layer of soil on the bottom and alternate between soil and compostable material. ...Continue Reading
Squirrel and Nut Matching Game
Materials:  card stock (note cards work well) crayons or markers scissors           Steps: 1.) Draw the outline of the squirrels and nuts (make as many as you want!) 2.) Cut out the squirrels and nuts 3.) Color one squirrel and one nut the same color 4.) Place the squirrels and nuts face down. Flip over one nut and one squirrel at the same time, removing the set when you uncover the same color squirrel and nut ...Continue Reading
Corn Craft
Materials:  Popsicle Sticks Popcorn Yellow and Green Construction Paper Glue Scissors       Steps:  1.) Draw shape of corns on green paper and cut them 2.) Shade and outline to give a more natural look 3.) Paste yellow paper in the center 4.) Paste popcorn on yellow areas 5.) Attach to popsicle stick Credit: http://diyhomedecorguide.com/cool-art-projects-for-kids/
Pond Ecosystem Craft
  For this activity, you will be making a pond. Algae is a primary producer in ponds, and tadpoles, frogs, fish, and insects rely on algae as a food source- make sure you add them! What other animals can you think of that live in or around ponds? Add them as well! Materials: 2 Paper Plates Scissors Paints Paint Brushes (or fingers work well too) Glue Green Pipe Cleaners White paper or foam sheet or small pom-poms Googly eyes   ...Continue Reading
Polar Bear Arctic Craft
Did you know that February 27th is International Polar Bear Day? Celebrate them with this fun craft! Materials: - White paper plates                                      -Glue - Black and white construction paper           - Scissors - Googly eyes                                               ...Continue Reading
Homemade Fossils
  Materials: —Flour — Salt — Food Coloring — Plastic toy dinosaur, shells, bugs, natural objects — Bowl — Rolling pin — Circle cookie cutter — Paint   Instructions: 1.  Mix the flour and salt together in a large container. 2.  If you'd like to have brown dough, add several drops of red, yellow, and blue food coloring to your water. 3.  Gradually add water, stirring as you go, until you have a dough-like consistency. Note: You don't want the dough too wet, ...Continue Reading