Daisy chain tutorial (2 types)

Have you ever wondered how to make a daisy chain? Here are two different ways that you can make it – two tutorials in one post, so you can chose the level of difficulty that fits your child or yourself! This is a great floral crown craft for the summer solstice, garden parties, and weddings.

For either type, you’re going to want to pick nice long stems, and a couple of pieces of string to tie it together with – I’ve heard that it’s possible to do it with long pieces of grass, but whenever I try they break and/or snap off the daisy heads.

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Daisy chain number 1 (easier):

Line up three daisies so that the heads are beside each other in a row. Tie it off at the base with a small piece of string and trim the string ends low.

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Repeat, tying off three each time, until you have a big enough daisy chain for your crown or necklace or garland.

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If you’re making it round, take a last piece of string and attach the two ends together. Wear it with pride!

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Daisy chain number 2 (slightly more advanced):

If you can French-braid hair, you can make this! Start with three daisies and begin braiding the stems.

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Continue, adding more daisies every few inches, and braiding them in. About this distance apart is where you want to add the next two or three daisies in:

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The stems are self-eliminating, so you won’t end up with a big clump of stems at any point.

Take a small piece of strong and tie off the end, or tie it into its circle.

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He’s just so darn cute. And a very good sport! I’m still completely smitten after more than 20 years.

Have you got any tips for making daisy chains, or other flower chains? Please share in the comments!

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Waldorf Window Sun Tutorial

The summer solstice is almost upon us, and we’re celebrating! D,8, made this easy summer craft, and he asked me to grab photos for making a step-by-step Waldorf window sun tutorial.

You’ll need:

-8 square pieces of kite paper (I bought mine at Happy Hedgehog Post’s store – not an affiliate link, just a plug for a friend who sells quality materials and craft kits) It doesn’t really matter what size as long as they’re all the same. We used 8 yellow and 8 orange, 6″ each.

-glue stick

 

How to make it:

Step 1. Fold your square diagonally, making sure to line up the points. As D is demonstrating, if you hold the points with a finger and then slide your thumbs down to fold the paper, it helps you keep everything lined up.

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Step 2. Open your triangle, turn the square the other way, and fold again. Make sure that all your folds are crisp and flat.

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Step 3. Open your square again, turn it so a point is up, and fold the sides in to the middle line as shown.

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It’ll look like this when you’re done this part.

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Step 4. Fold at one pointed end, from the top down to the middle line, over the bits you just folded – the picture makes it more clear than my somewhat awkward wording:

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Do the same to the other half. It’ll look like this when you’re finished.

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Now set it aside and make your other 7 exactly the same way.

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On to the glue part!

Glue the each point the same way, except the last one.

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Try to line those bottom points and the middle line up as well as you can.

You’ re going to glue the last piece differently. Turn it to the front and glue the first half on. Then glue under the flap that D is lifting to attach the second half.

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That’s it! You’ve now made a beautiful, happy Waldorf window sun. Stick it up – you can even use the same water-soluble glue stick – and admire from either side.

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waldorf window sun tutorial view of sun from outside

If you’d like to try another, more advanced Waldorf window sun tutorial, Samantha has a solstice star tutorial here.

Have fun, and happy summer!
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Mullein nature study and journal entries

 

Do you ever have those days where your kids wake up in such “high spirits” that your ears are ringing by 7am? Yeah, me too, and yesterday was one of those days! I decided that some nature therapy was clearly in order for all concerned, so we went for a wander, and what caught our interest was some fairly newly growing  mullein. Naturally, we needed to do some mullein nature study!

I mentioned to D,8, that the Native Americans used to use it in their footwear for softness and added insulation, so of course he whipped off his crocs and tested it out. He liked it so much that he wore them for the rest of the morning.

At this point, K23 came out to see what we were up to (M had been up late writing a paper, so she was still asleep) and grabbed his camera to get some shots of the fronts and backs of the leaves.

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Of course we had to bring a leaf inside to draw, and to inspect under our handy dandy new microscope! It almost looks like frost, doesn’t it? D speculated that since, according to the Handbook of Nature Study, (pages 237-239) mullein has these spiky leaf parts to hold moisture in longer, perhaps they are distant relatives of cacti…..something to look up another day (we’ve made a note in our questions notebook)

 

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D’s getting really good with using an index. This one for this book is huge so he gets lots of practice!

 

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mullein under an eFlex microscope back side

D thought it looked like a map of a city on the back.

We wanted to learn more about how mullein was traditionally used, so we checked out an article from the Natural News.

We learned that as D had noticed, it grows in dry places and survives because of the deep-growing roots mentioned in the Handbook. It’s been used for respiratory problems, all parts of the plants, and has anti-bacterial properties. The article went on to say that it’s often used as a tea, so we steeped some mullein leaves -link is for where you can get some if you don’t have any-and tried it out (with local honey for some of us). It was really good, sort of green tasting, and would make, we decided, an excellent kind of iced tea this summer.

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Other things mullein is used for even today: as a sleep aid, for ear pain, migraines, rashes, cold sores, and as a poultice for bruises and arthritis. Wow……if it does even half of that we think it’s an incredibly useful plant to know! D has named it his “new favorite plant”.

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Have you done any mullein nature study? Do you know of other uses for it? Please share in the comments!

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Ureadin: Strong enough for a sensitive skinned man!

Recently we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to try Ureadin, a line of products from Intega.

Our oldest son, K,23, “The Man Mountain”, spends a lot of time getting absolutely filthy as for work he digs septic systems, graves, works on house renovations……you get the picture.

As you can imagine, this requires a corresponding amount of time scrubbing himself clean again! Since K has very sensitive skin and has suffered from eczema since he was a baby, you can guess what havoc it wreaks on his skin and how much discomfort he is often in.

We try as much as possible to control the irritation with diet, but sometimes you need some extra help and in K’s case, with the amount of direct scrubbing with his problem areas (hands, wrists and lower arms in particular) we were itching (sorry, couldn’t resist!) to try Ureadin ‘s Ultra 10 lotion in particular.

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The company’s claims for this were that it relieves itching and irritation and healed roughness, scaling,  redness, and cracking of the skin among other things. K was willing to put the claims to the test! He also loved that the scent is light and clean, so he didn’t get teased on the work site for smelling like a flower garden.

We chose a small patch to test it on in case K’s skin reacted badly. Here it is before – the photo’s a little dark but can you see how it’s across most of his inner elbow?:

Before Ureadin Ultra 10 lotion

Here’s that same patch two weeks later. All of it, almost completely gone, and not itching at all.

After Ureadin Ultra 10 lotion

SO much better…..and that patch had been there for almost a year despite our best efforts. K’s now expanded his testing to include all the other patches and we’re already seeing great improvement.

Intega also sent us their Podos gel, which repairs cracked and dry heels and feet, and my own personal favourite, their lotion spray! If you suffer from dry skin as K and I both do, then you know how awful it is when your upper back gets dry after a shower, right? Not to mention shins.

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Well, this stuff sprays on, soaks in pretty much instantly, and moisturized our skin all day until the next showers. Ahhhhhhhh. K has a lot of upper back and shoulder to spray, but this stuff hasn’t run out yet after almost a month of use.  It even helped when I accidentally burned my arms and shoulders gardening yesterday (I know, I know, but I was in the shade and wearing SPF 50.) As a bonus, it even offers an antioxidant effect.

In short, this Ureadin line has proved itself to be strong enough to please a big hard-working guy and relieve his dry skin misery.  If you’re an adult of any size, you’ll probably be as impressed as we have been. You can try Ureadin at Intega’s site, along with their children’s skin line and one for the acne sufferers.

Disclosure: I am part of the Intega Influencer Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Dragonfly nature study and journal entries

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This past weekend, our sunny front yard suddenly filled with literally thousands of dragonflies zipping around! That could only mean one thing: It was a chance to head down to the lake and see the dragonfly nymphs hatch.

We’ve casually observed dragonflies for years, rescued them from foam on the beach after storms, and ducked as they shot past during picnics.  Except for K,23, we’d never taken the time to look them up and learn more about them, though, so we grabbed our Handbook of Nature Study and read the pages about dragonflies and damsel flies (pages 401-405 in our copy, in case you want to take a look too.) It gave us a good idea of what we were looking for and where.

As it turned out, the “where” was incredibly easy; the nymphs were hatching all over the dock, the pilings, the reeds, the rocks, the grass……… it was more a question of finding a place to crouch and observe without squishing any!

 

We spent a good hour just watching them hatch and dry, gently picking up ones whose wings hadn’t formed right and putting them in places where birds might not find them, and seeing a new dragonfly fly away every minute or so (side note: did you know you can tell dragonflies from damsel flies by the way they hold their wings? We didn’t either before this!). Then we headed home with some empty dragonfly nymph casings to look at them more closely, since we’d already observed the dragonflies themselves in situ.

The Handbook of Nature Study offered some great nature study lesson ideas for dragonflies (pg 406-407), so we read the questions aloud and tried to find the answers using our new microscope (incidentally, this little eFlex cost us less than $50, it takes photos with up to 300x magnification right to our computer, and it’s small enough to fit in a pocket when it’s not suctioned onto the base. I’m going to take it along with the iPad next time and grab pics with it on the go.)

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I love that the Handbook has related poems, too:

“Till the dragon fly, in light gauzy armor

      burnished bright,

Came tilting down the waters in a wild,

     bewildered flight.”

                                           -Riley

Isn’t that gorgeous?!

 

Just some of the questions we tried to answer from the book:

-Are there plumelike gills at the end of the body? If so, how many? Is one longer?

-Describe the great lower lip when extended for prey.

-Can you see the little wing pads on the back in which the wings are developing?

In case you don’t have nymphs to observe where you are, here are some of our photos from the microscope .  

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body segment (it fell into 2 pieces when we moved it to the microscope)

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head segment, even more in detail. Looks like something from Aliens, doesn’t it?

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Especially this one.

Naturally, we tried our hand at sketching in our nature journals from observation, too. I’m struggling a little with getting D8 to really look as he’s drawing, but I expect that, as it did with his siblings, these skills will build with time. He can describe what he’s seeing in great detail; he is just not very interested in translating it to a sketch some days.

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Have you taken a closer look at a dragonfly? I’d love to read about it in the comments!Feel free to share a post link, too, if you’ve done one.

 

 

 

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A DIY $5 Milking stand, and how to milk a goat (video)

For International Goat Day (that’s a real thing), we’re answering the 2 questions we get the most when people come to our little homestead: How did you make a DIY $5 milking stand, and how do you milk a goat?

I’ll tell you a little about why we chose goats, and then you can see the video we made to answer those questions.

In case you wondered, we get roughly 4 litres per day (I think that’s 2 gallons) from our Alpine goat and about half of that from our Boer/Nubian cross. This gives us enough to make a good-sized batch of soft cheese and one of yoghurt each week and still have enough drinking milk for everyone who wants it .

Our weekly cost for hay and grain mix is a little over $2.35 per goat (we have 8 in total although some are meat goats destined for the freezer).  Additional non-feed costs are electricity for the fence (about $2 a week altogether until we change over to solar) and hay for bedding ($3 per square bale). Medications add about another $15 per goat per year. Compare that total to the cost of cow milk alone at the store and you’ll see what a bargain it is.

You can fit goats into a smaller area than you need for cows, a plus since about half of our 9 acres is alvar and we can’t sink posts into the rock. They also have a smaller barn than we’d need for cows.

Goat milk is one of those things that either tastes exactly like cow milk to you (the guys in our household swear it does), or has an aftertaste that makes you gag (M and I). Either way, it makes incredible cheese and yoghurt with no taste weirdness, and at a considerable cost savings over store-bought……soft cheese sells for a heart-stopping $6 per half cup here and we make it for under $3 for 4 times that size. We can also add whatever we feel like to it, so we can create cranberry/crushed walnut varieties or anything else that seems like a fun idea at the time (fresh strawberries anyone? Or plain, with grapes, wine and crackers?)

Goats are jerks, sometimes, but they are also friendly, affectionate and incredibly entertaining! If you’re looking for a way to add fresh milk to your life, and a family pet that’s more fun to watch than tv, consider a goat…….with a very secure 4-strand electric fence on a high setting, like we added this year.

And now, on to the video. Watch my husband Simon as he shows you how to make a DIY $5 milking stand, and how to milk a goat (you could imitate this, if your kids want to try, with a long water balloon if you punched a needle-thin hole in the tip and didn’t overfill it). The video ends a little abruptly because wind picked up so much that it drowned out voices!

Got more goat questions we can answer? Feel free to email us at the usual mayhem at gmail dot com, or leave it in the comments.

Join In With A Quirky Blog Hop

International Goat Day Quirky Blog Hop Badge More yummy recipes, craft activities and some fun play ideas as well! Celebrate on June 20th this year. Joining in with this quirky blog hop are some wonderful bloggers from around the world. This blog hop is all about sharing interesting crafts and activities aimed at kids of all ages.

The Usual Mayhem shares a fantastic How to Milk a Goat and How to Make a DIY Milking Stand post!

Nerdy Mamma has a great Invitation to Play – What Do Goats Eat?

Tuff Spot Play shared a brilliant 3 Billy Goats Gruff Tuff Spot idea

Kid Minds shares some awesome Goat Activity Sensory Play and Books as well!

Peakle Pie has some Fun Playing These Goat Games

Witty Hoots shares some wonderful Goat Ideas in a Round Up

Something 2 Offer shares these cute FREE Goat Coloring Pages

We are thrilled to be part of another Quirky Blog Hop with International Goat Day! Help us celebrate on June 20th by adding your own Goat Inspired Blog Posts.

The perfect summer dessert? An easy recipe

BBQ season is upon us once again: warm nights, the smell of charred meat, and the high-pitched whine of mosquitos. Ahhh, summer. Where I always run into problems is finding an easy summer dessert.

Easy Summer dessert recipe

Disclaimer: I’m a Gay Lea Ambassador, which means I receive perks that make me happy, like products so I can create and/or test out recipes to share. All opinions are my own.

You don’t want anything too basic (bowl of chips, marshmallows to roast), and you don’t want to go too elaborate – I once attended a wedding reception held outdoors where the cake collapsed in the 40C weather-so this easy-to-make summer dessert with grapes may just be the perfect balance! It’s ugly but it’s also sweet, delicious, light and best of all takes all of 5 minutes to prep up to a day ahead. This recipe serves my hungry family of 5 with a bite or two left for guests. For a take-along potluck dish you should double or triple it.

You’ll need:

-a couple of pounds of seedless grapes

-1/2 container light cream cheese, softened

-1/2 tub Gay Lea low fat or fat free Sour Cream

-1/4 cup white sugar (gasp! but otherwise the whole thing turns beige and even uglier.) plus 2 tbsp brown sugar for later

Easy summer dessert recipe

Wash your grapes and set them aside for a minute. In a bowl, blend your sour cream and cream cheese together until smooth. Mix in the 1/4 cup white sugar.

Stir in the grapes until they’re coated, sprinkle the top of it all with the  2 tbsp of brown sugar, cover, and refrigerate.  This is one of those things that’s delicious served right away, but even better if you’ve left it to blend for a few hours or even the day before…….if you can keep your kids away from it that long.

Other things that you’ll love about this summer dessert is that Gay Lea‘s sour cream is kosher certified and nut-free, so you can be sure that you won’t end your BBQ with a trip to the hospital for a guest….at least not because of your dessert! They also offer a lactose-free sour cream which would work just as well, although you might have more difficulty finding a lactose free cream cheese – I’m no expert on this one.

Variations you could consider might include substituting strawberries straight from your garden, chunks of fresh pineapple, mango slices…..or you could also mix the non-fruit ingredients together separately and put them out as a dip with a tempting selection of fresh fruit for people to choose their own.

 

 

Strawberries nature study

Have you ever looked up close at a strawberry? Neither had we until we did this little strawberries nature study over the past week.

It seemed like the perfect time for it; the wild strawberries all over our property are producing abundant flowers and so are the plants in our garden beds. Inspiration struck when D wondered aloud one day whether the leaves looked the same.

Naturally, we had to sacrifice a leaf and a flower from each kind of strawberry plant and check it out. (I won’t tell you the answer for this one; it’s too much fun to look for yourself!)

We picked some, smelled them, tasted the leaves, looked at them through our jeweler’s loupes and microscope, and sliced them in half to see the center.

We decided to use whatever medium stuck our fancy for our nature journal entries on this one. It was really interesting to me to see how the different kids (I use the term loosely since all three of mine joined in) opted to render their images. M’s blew me away – the art classes she’s been taking online  this year have really improved her skills!

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And, of course, and good strawberries nature study requires that you eat as many as possible afterwards 🙂

I highly recommend that you also check out Barb’s strawberry nature study, more in depth than mine, from a few years back.

We’ve put together some great strawberry kids activities that you can use to create a  free unit study for PK up to mid elementary:

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Find the Letter: S is for Strawberries from 3 Boys and a Dog

Strawberries Nature Study from The Usual Mayhem

Strawberry and Gardening Books for Kids from CraftCreateCalm

Fun & Easy Strawberry Paper Craft with Handprint Stem from Crafty Mama in ME

Strawberry Number Recognition Free Printable from Something 2 Offer

Strawberry Moon Outdoor Activities for Kids from FrogMom

How To Make Strawberry Shortcake from Tales of Education at Home

Strawberry Picking Sight Word Game from Books and Giggles

Strawberry Friends Printable Student Planner Free Pages from Look! We’re Learning!

S is for Strawberry Letter Maze from Simple Fun for Kids

How to Make Strawberry Lemonade from The Jenny Evolution

Preschool Strawberry Math from Schooling a Monkey

 

Happy strawberry picking!

 

 

 

Top 10 Ways to study flowers (with a giveaway!)

Here are my top 10 ways to study flowers, gathered through hours of perusing Pinterest and the rest of the web – oh, how I suffer for this blog! Torture! If you want to do more flowers nature study but lack inspiration, this post is the one for you to pin. Don’t miss all the links for other flower activities from fellow bloggers near the end of the post, too. Oh, and the great giveaway to get to started!

Ok, let’s get to it! In no particular order:

Top 10 Ways to Study Flowers

1. Why not forage for clover and make tea  with your kids, like Cassidy at Freshly Planted did?

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2. Proof positive that even the little ones can study daffodils with a still life painting at Rainy Day Mum.

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photo credit RainyDay Mum.co.uk

3. You can study dandelion seeds with this great collection of resources from Unit Study Ideas blog…I don’t know about you, but our grass has enough dandelions to spend a good year on this one!

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photo credit UnitStudyIdeas.com

4.I shared my own  wildflower identification project from at the cottage when I was a kid  myself, oh-so-many-moons ago. Why not see if your kids would like to try it where you live?

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5. Munchkins and Moms had her preschoolers sorting actual flower parts – what a great hands-on learning experience! I’m pretty sure that my elementary aged student would love to do a more detailed version of this one.

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photo credit MunchkinsandMoms.com

6. Sugar Spice and Glitter had a different take on it that incorporates some fine motor skills as well – flower dissection

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photo credit SugarSpiceandGlitter.com

7. KC Edventures has this fantastic post that shows this parts of a flower pollination activity .

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8. Cathy from Nurturestore show you how to grow Sunflowers with children. Lots of good ideas in there!

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9. Over at Premeditated Leftovers there’s a great tutorial for how to make a portable flower press. I can think of so many times this would have come in handy!

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10 If you want an entire overview of the wildflowers around you, why not grab this Wonderful Wildflowers unit study that’s all pulled together for you with links, artist study ideas, poetry, Bible study (in its own section so secular homeschoolers can use this study just as well too), and book suggestions?

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photo credit ShingDawnBooks.com

I’m a huge fan of Shining Dawn Books’ NatureExplorers units, as longtime readers may remember from our Fungus unit study, and we’ve done many others along the way that didn’t make it onto the blog……in fact, right now we’re in the middle of their Delightful Deciduous Trees unit study.

If this grabs your interest (there are tons to choose from and all laid out for you to open and go!), you’ll be delighted to know that Cindy from Shining Dawn Books has offered THREE lucky readers the NatureExplorers nature study unit of their choice! This is open to my readers worldwide and comes as a download. Enter this one really simply; by sharing this post on social media and copying the direct link to your share as a comment.

Bonus entries (separate comments please!): Follow The Usual Mayhem on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me what name you’re following under. Follow Our Journey Westward on Facebook and leave a comment telling me what name you’re following under.

I’ll get in touch with the winners June 1st, 2016. Scroll down to enter and good luck!

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Make sure you take a look through all these great posts on flowers too!

Top 10 Flower Sensory Play Ideas from Sugar, Spice & Glitter

Top 10 Flower Activities for Preschoolers from Living Life and Learning

Top 10 Flower Wreaths from Witty Hoots

Top 10 Flower Art Projects for Kids from Craftulate

Top 10 Flowers for Summer Color by Our Good Life

Top 10 Flower Recycle Crafts by Teach me Mommy

Top 10 Flower Fine Motor Skills Activities from Happy Brown House

Top 10 Flower Petal Art Ideas from Our Whimsical Days

Top 10 Flower Sensory Bins from Adventures of Adam

Top 10 Flower Painting Ideas from Messy Little Monster

Top 10 Sunflower Activities for Preschool by Preschool Powol Packets

Top 10 Flower and Garden Themed Snacks from Something 2 Offer

Top 10 Flower Math Activities from Play & Learn Every Day

Top 10 Book-Inspired Flower Crafts for Kids from Playground Parkbench

Top 10 Flower Books for Kids from Sunny Day Family

Top 10 Flower Suncatchers from Rhythms of Play

Top 10 Flower Science Experiments for Kids from Lemon Lime Adventures

Top 10 Seed Science Experiments for Kids from Little Bins for Little Hands

Top 10 Ways to Learn and Explore with Flowers for Kids from Powerful Mothering

Top 10 Magical Fairy Gardens from Crafty Kids at Home

Top 10 Flower Themed Foods from Eats Amazing

Top 10 Ways to Study Flowers (with a giveaway!) by The Usual Mayhem

Top 10 Flower Gardens to Grow With Kids by Nemcsok Farms

Top 10 Flower Projects to Eat Wear Decorate or Gift by Words ‘n’ Needles

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Wildflower identification project, 80s style

I’ve been on a huge decluttering binge, and what should turn up in a dusty box but some of my own nature study projects from when I was a kid! The summer I spent at the cottage (now less than 5 km from our own homestead) engrossed in a wildflower identification project is one of my best childhood memories, so I thought I’d share the album pages here in case your children might enjoy it. I think I was 10 or 11 at the time.

Obviously you could enhance this for an older child and have them look up the classifications. I think my Mum was probably happy just to have me out of her hair and off sketching somewhere else!

Here you go: proof that even those of us with zero artistic talent can still produce decent pictures from close observation during nature study 🙂 Also, proof that sometimes tired people can’t turn photos the right way up on their blog.

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wildflowers identification project

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wildflowers identification project

Wow, would you look at that….one that you don’t have to crick your neck to look at.

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wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

wildflowers identification project

What really amazes me is that decades later, some of the wildflowers still retain a portion of their original color.

My own little wildflower identification project that I’ve shared here is just the tip of the iceberg, really, for what you can learn and how you can learn it. If you’d like some more ideas for how you and your kids can do some more wildflower nature study this summer, you might want to take a look at the Wonderful Wildflowers nature study unit . It has nature study ideas, poetry, notebooking pages, experiments, Bible study, book ideas and more…..enough for several summers if you wanted to space it out!

How have you studied wildflowers? Please share in the comments – ideas are great and links to your posts are welcome too so I can pin and share.

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