nature vs. nurture

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Nurture your child with these nature crafts.  As they grow, these crafts transform into collections.  The transformation continues as they become keepsakes they will treasure.  Curiosity and interest in the environment gives children a greater understanding of where we live.  Understanding the environment shows us how to protect our precious natural resources.

Specimen Collector’s Box

Materials:

• Box divided into compartments (a box for screws and nails from the hardware store is perfect; we used the 15-piece Aluminum Display Box by SE, available on Amazon for $12)

• Small round sticker labels (found at office supply stores)

• Pocket-sized notepad

1. Collect specimens, such as rocks and flower petals, from your yard or a nearby park. Place each in a separate compartment. (You can also use small plastic insect and animal toys to symbolize live creatures you come across.)

2. Place a label on each compartment and number it. In your notepad, write about each numbered specimen you’ve collected.

Specimen Box

Specimen Box

Nature Dioramas

Materials:

• Jars (thick glass or plastic)

• Sand, soil, cotton, or moss

• Twigs, pinecones, shells, leaves, or pebbles

• Small plastic animal figures

Arrange in jar and learn about individual ecosystems.  Place on a shelf in their room for further examination and, of course, to admire.

Diorama

Diorama

Go to Scholastic for other great ideas for children of all ages.

A couple of earth friendly things you can do to educate your little ones about water is look up your local watershed.  You can do this by clicking here and entering your zip code.  Next, visit your watershed and familiarize yourself with it.  Lastly, get involved.  Go to the Water Keeper Alliance to find out how.  Good luck and happy conservation!

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About lucygracesmom

I am a mom of one 10 year old and stepmother to three wonderful adults; ages 20, 23 and 25. The youngest child is just beginning Fifth grade at Ashland Elementary in the Gifted/Quest program. She enjoys playing violin, archery and everything scientific. Mary Stewart is beginning her last year of medical school at Case Western in Cleveland. She and her fiancé, Franklin, plan to marry next June! Charles Morgan just graduated from the College of Charleston and will be beginning Post-Baccalaureate work next month. Betsy is living the college dream at Ole Miss in Oxford studying Business and the most fun ways to party. She plans to take the LSAT next summer! We are very blessed in the family department. My husband is a lawyer specializing in Intellectual Property, computer and entertainment law. We are in the eighth year since starting our own business, Montague Law PLLC. I have the title Operational Manager which means the administrative end of the business (yuk) and now some new and fun work on the firm's website. We live in Lexington, KY or as many know it – horse country. Everything around here is horse-themed and it is a very beautiful area to live in and raise a family. I have many interests that span art, sciences, education, books, computer science and security and one of my greatest passions is design. One of my favorite blogs is Grace Bonney’s Design Sponge. I like living the simple life, spending time with my family and reading and writing about my interests in my blog. One of my hopes in developing this blog is to share with you the many things I enjoy so that you may enjoy them too. I love sharing cool information with people who appreciate it. I like pinning on Pinterest, keeping track of my high school friends, college friends and family on Facebook and don’t tell anyone, but I sometimes re-shelve books at the library because I enjoy it.

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