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Spring has officially arrived this week! Can I get a hallelujah, ladies? We've made it through the long, cold winter. The days are beginning to lengthen, the sun is beginning to shine and we are ready to GET OUTSIDE!
Nature study provides an excellent reason for taking our school lessons outside. So much happens in nature in the springtime that our backyards become virtual hands-on classrooms! To inspire you to get outside and study nature with your children, we've collected a giant list of spring nature study resources.
Nature Journal Ideas for Spring:
Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling (recommended reading for keeping a journal)
How to Make a Nature Journal for Kids by Making Time for Mommy (great journal prompts included in her post)
Activities for Outdoors:
Pounding Colors from Nature by Things to Share and Remember (super fun for your young nature explorers)
FREE Nature Printables Perfect for Spring:
Printable Weather Log by Education.com (Must be a member to access their worksheets; membership is FREE!)
Plant Observation Journal from Buggy and Buddy (This would be great to use with your spring garden!)
FREE Printable Classification Mats for Your Nature Table by Mom Explores the Smokies (subscriber freebie)
These Flower Pot Toadstools by Messy Little Monsters (would be so cute for the kids to make for Grandma for Mother's Day)
Spring Chalk Pastel Video Art Course from You ARE an ARTiST! (this course includes 9 video lessons, plus the ebook A Seasonal Start for Spring Chalk Pastels. There is a free spring art lesson available as well.)
Picture Books About Spring:
Bunny's First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry
The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss
From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons (We're big fans of her books!)
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph P. Anthony
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Fun Nature Games and Tools for Spring:
Animals Tracks! A Matching Game (Your boys will LOVE the real-life photography on these game cards.)
Into the Forest: Nature's Food Chain Game (This is a whole series including bugs and desert.)
Leave a comment here letting us know your favorite way to study nature!
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