Nature Month!

Okay, I’ve taken enough “time off.” It’s time to get back to it, and you won’t hear me complaining. I’ve missed our theme months so much. But now that things are leveling out around here, and Samuel is sleeping more consistently through the night (hallelujah)…I feel a little more equipped to tackle the planning.

BUT.

We’re going to do things a little differently.

I started to realize that while the activities were fun and easy, it was POSTING about them that was dragging me down. I’ve always said that I blog primarily for fun. I love to do activites with my kiddos FIRST, and write about it SECOND. The last thing I want is to let the latter affect the former.

So I’m changing things up.

Rather than announce our theme month, and then post about each project we do…I’m going to share our plan at the beginning of the month. And that way, others can join the fun as we go. (Honestly, we’d LOVE for you to do these projects right along with us.)

And the best part? There’s no pressure. I’m listing a project a day, for every day of the month (and they’re all super easy–with minimal materials). But if we only get to five of them? Who cares. The plan is there when we need it or want it. And when life gets in the way, or more exciting opportunities arise, we’ll roll with it. Links are provided for some of the activities, and others are so basic that no links are necessary (hint: those are my favorites–they’re the best for memory making).

We’ll be posting pics of our activites on Instagram along the way. You can follow me @alliaars or we’ll also be hash-tagging as we go (ex. #naturemonth).

So. Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls (drumroll please…)

It’s Nature Month!

Nature Month (May 2014):

5/1 Do a raindrop activity
5/2 Go on a nature walk
5/3 Fly a kite together (learn about wind)
5/4 Make a rain gauge
5/5 Have outdoor story time
5/6 Play with water
5/7 Collect bugs in a jar
5/8 Paint the sky
5/9 Go cloud watching
5/10 Paint a birdhouse
5/11 Do a nature scavenger hunt
5/12 Camp out in your backyard
5/13 Plant something together
5/14 Start a rock collection
5/15 Play a “leaf matching” game
5/16 Find a pond and go fishing (or pretend fish)
5/17 Study the Moon
5/18 Make butterfly art
5/19 Play “I Spy” in nature
5/20 Go on flower hunt (search by color)
5/21 Make a cloud in a jar
5/22 Search for fireflies (or make your own)
5/23 Make nature art
5/24 Watch a sunset together
5/25 Make a backyard bird feeder
5/26 Paint with flowers
5/27 Go bird watching
5/28 Jump in puddles (even if you have to make your own)
5/29 Make a constellation flashlight
5/30 Paint with mud
5/31 Go stargazing

Whew. How about that for a theme-month plan? And it’s starts today…

Happy Nature Month!

4 Responses to “Nature Month!”

  1. Anonymous

    I LOVE this! Thank you for sharing your “schedule” beforehand. It certainly help me who’s without a creative bone in my body.

    Anna, Sydney

  2. Alli Aars {You have your blog, we have Aars}

    Thank you so much, Anna! Hope you do some of the projects along with us! Thanks for reading. :)

  3. Erica

    Hey! I saw this link on Pinterest and thought y’all might enjoy it for your nature craft – http://handsonaswegrow.com/craft-for-toddlers-nature-collage-suncatcher/

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