Summer officially begins June 21. Get ready for the solstice by boosting your summer reading lists! Click for 5 nature inspired books and a Wings, Worms, and Wonder "After Reading Fun" ideas to go with each!

5 Nature Inspired Summer Reading Books!

  Summer officially begins June 21. Get ready for the solstice by boosting your summer reading lists with 5 nature inspired books and “Further Fun” ideas to go with each! Research shows that connecting with nature in person, and through nature reading, writing, and art making helps build empathy. This is such an important ability

Winter watercolor nature journal inspiration using children's books! Click to get ideas and a fun project exploring whites in nature and watercolor!

Winter Whites: 3 Books & a Journal Project!

Sometimes, when we are in the thick of winter, it can be tricky to come up with ideas for what to paint in the nature journal. How many times can you paint evergreens, bare trees, and snow right? And speaking of snow and whites, why is using white so elusive in watercolor painting?    

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Amphibians, Patience, and Gardening

As the holidays approach, when both time and patience can often be short, our old children’s book favorites Frog and Toad can teach children (and their adults) a lesson on slowing down, patience, and keeping our peace through the garden lens. If you aren’t familiar, the Frog and Toad books are wonderfully sweet children’s books revolving

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Wonder Wednesday #25: Color Wheels of Nature

Wonder Wednesday #25: Nature’s Color Wheel  Happy Wonder Wednesday!  This Wonder Wednesday is extra special because I’m posting a lesson from my book! The Community Playthings blog is featuring an article I wrote on the importance of nature, art, and color for sparking wonder in childhood that includes the Nature’s Color Wheel lesson, and I want to share it with you! Early childhood