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Rubber Boots, Colored Pencils and Adventure!

Exploring the outdoors and nature journaling are some of the best ways for children to learn!

Spring has been gently and gradually approaching little by little, a bit more sunshine, a hint of green grass in the fields, a whisper of warmer breezes…

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A sunny early spring day is the perfect time for an adventure! So one sunny afternoon recently I had promised the boys we would set out for the back part of our twenty acres and explore the woods. We packed our tree clippers and our nature journals, donned our rubber boots, the boys talked Daddy into coming along and off we went! The destination in mind was a fort the boys built with Daddy last summer out of an old, fallen down rail fence.

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In The Fort

Our plan was to use our tree clippers to trim some of the lower branches from some of the overcrowded fir trees to improve the roof of the fort and use as mats and beds inside. We spent quite a while working on that, while baby girl enjoyed playing the pine cones, moss and other forest floor treasures.

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After awhile I got out my nature journal and did a bit of sketching and one of the boys got his out, too. Baby girl loved playing with my colored pencils; taking them out of the box and putting them back again. Finally she started getting quite tired and cranky so I put her in the baby wrap and we started heading back while she fell asleep.

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We took a different way back so the boys could explore the seasonal creek for awhile. They had a blast wading through it and dropping sticks and leaves in to see if they would float! These are some of my favorite kind of activities do do for “school” with the children. They learn so much while exploring, feeling adventurous and being out in nature. What more could little boys and girls want!

Next time we want to go earlier in the day and bring a picnic lunch!

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