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15 Reasons Why Nature Play is Good For Children

Nature play is the best way of helping our children to develop well physically, emotionally, and socially.  It’s got all bases covered!  I’ve come up with a few reasons as to why nature play is good for our children, and I hope by the end, you’ll be be grabbing your wellies and heading out into the great outdoors together 🙂

1. Nature has a very calming quality.  It is known to decrease stress, and increase happiness.  It is food for our minds.  This is because it doesn’t place any demands on us, but it is still engaging.  It is a must for our mental health and well being.

2. The natural exposure to light increases our vitamin D levels, which in turn improves our health.  It’s vitally important here in Sweden, in winter, that play outdoors in nature continues as the light times of the day are so short!  This means, at school, they are outdoors in almost any weather 🙂

3.  Nature play is full of “loose parts”.  These are things the children can play with that have no predetermined role.  This allows children’s imaginations and creativity to be used and called upon.  They can build, role play, make art, or use things as writing tools.  There are no predefined limits.  They also don’t become bored so fast, as with toys that have a predetermined role.

4.  Children’s strength and muscle tone are improved as they lift, shift, climb, and move about in nature.

5.  Nature play allows children to get dirty and “hands on” with nature.  Research has shown that this exposure to dirt helps increase their immunity (there is more to come on this in a future blog post).

6.  They are allowed to explore and investigate the environment, which leads to stimulation, awareness, and independence.

7.  Playing outdoors in nature increases the physical effort used, therefore promoting a healthier way of living and physically fitter children.

8.  They will use a wide range of skills, utilising both large and small motor skills – good for development again.

9.  Immersing the children in nature in such a positive way, helps nuture a love of nature.

10.  Being in nature so much, and developing a bond with it is also good for nature.  They will grow up wanting to protect it, respect it, and nurture it more having been immersed in it.  This in turn will help to conserve it more.

11.  Being outdoors in nature helps teach the children to enjoy the simple things in life, and to live in the present moment.  It does this whilst also instilling a sense of awe and adventure.

12.  Nature play naturally lends itself to more risk taking due to the environment the children are in.  We are in danger of raising a risk averse generation, and this will have further consequences when they are older.  By taking risks, they are learning to manage and control risks, and learn about risk management.  Otherwise they will not take risks and then will be unable to manage risks, or control them.  Their development suffers when they are not allowed to take risks as children need it, crave it, and are natural risk takers.

13.  Playing outdoors in nature increases communication skills and negotiating skills.  They are able to work together better, enhancing these skills which are another important part of their development.

14.  This environment also helps their problem solving skills more, due to the diversity of obstacles and options.

15.  Nature play is much healthier for our children, making them happier, which in turn, naturally leads to happier parents too 🙂

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Get Outdoors! My Favourite 7 Books to Inspire

Do you need inspiration for things to do out there with your little people?  Or maybe just a bit of background information on why it is so important we have more outdoor families?  Here are my favourite 7 books to inspire and get us out there in the great outdoors more, especially with our little people 🙂

1. How to Raise a Wild Child – Scott Sampson

In this book you will find information as to why children need to be encouraged and supported in making a connection with nature.  He also provides tips and ideas on how to do this in today’s world that is both busy and high tech.

2. Vitamin N – Richard Louv

This is described as a “practical handbook” which will help families enjoy the natural world and the outdoors.  It works through ideas from babies to teens, and provides many ideas to help us get out there with children of all ages.

3. A Natural Sense of Wonder – Rick Van Roy

The author takes us along with him on his adventures with his own children.  As we go on the journey with him, he teaches us what nature has to teach us and why this is so important.

4. Unplugged – Jason Runkel Sperling

This book is all about families getting together and building nature clubs.  “15 steps to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature, yourself, friends, and family”.  There are tips, tools, and tales all in these pages.

5. Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv

This book describes “saving our children from nature-deficit disorder.  It goes through in depth why our children are suffering and missing out on what nature has to offer, and what the implications to both children and nature are because of this.

6. Balanced and Barefoot – Angela Hanscom

The author is a paediatric occupational therapist, and in her book she explains why natural and free play is essential for our children’s bodies and minds, and general development.  This is a very thought provoking read.  It also provides ideas as to how we can help them thrive.

7. A Little Bit of Dirt – Asia Citro

A fantastic book that has over 55 science and art activities to help children connect with nature.  They are simple, fun, and my trio adore doing them.  They are perfect for all ages (my three are 9 and 5), and prompt discovery and imagination.

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Ronneby Naturum – A Nature Based Learning Haven

Ronneby Naturum is set inside Ronneby Brunnspark – a huge outdoor nature area, with many walks, woods, play parks, ponds, and a swimming pool.  The nature centre itself literally took our breath away.  It is filled with fantastic exhibitions for both young and old, but what grabbed our attention and made it so great for the trio, was that it is so interactive, hands on, and there is nothing out of bounds to little fingers that like touching everything!  We have been to Ronneby Naturum a few times now, and one rainy afternoon we spent the entire time in there together with our nature journals, merrily sketching away.

As you enter Ronneby Naturum you immediately come across a very striking and visual exhibition (see the photo!) about lynx in Sweden.  My three just stood their gawping!  We have moved to a country with wildlife that really grabs their imaginations; bears, wolves, wild boar, älg (moose), and lynx are just some of what is here.  However, these are all very hard to see in real life, especially with three young children who give the wildlife plenty of warning that they are approaching, with their noise levels 🙂  So, to walk in and see this life sized lynx was fantastic, and really brought it home to them what is lurking out there.  We spent some time learning about them and looking at the areas where they live around and near us before being drawn further into the centre.

Another favourite was a transparent operational bee hive, which had an entrance/exit to the outdoors.  This was so good for the children to watch the bees so close up.  The emphasis is very much on being able to interact with exhibits.  This may take the form of sticking your hand into a container “blind” to work out what’s in there with just a written clue, feeding the fish in the tanks, pressing buttons to hear various animal/bird sounds (twin 1 can never resist a button so he was in his element), or just picking up and handling various exhibits that are laid out.

In our county (Blekinge), we are surrounded by water, with islands everywhere making up the archipelago we live on.  So, naturally there is a big exhibition about the coast and the marine life around our area.  The older ones can learn more about the geology, the biodiversity, why it is such a sensitive area of nature, and how we can fish or sail whilst protecting it.  Part of this exhibition is a sail boat which the children can board and pretend to sail the high seas.  It has moving parts to handle, sails to move, and benches to lift, under which reside very cute and fluffy cuddly mice and seals.  This was a revelation to us being allowed to climb on board such an exhibit, and when the staff saw my good old English reservation about children clambering over exhibits, they came and said the children must climb all over it!

The “lab” is another highlight of Ronneby Naturum.  This is a separate little room that you can lose yourself in for a good few hours!  It is full of stuffed wild animals from the forests, and exhibits you can pick up and handle.  Anything from snake skins, to stag beetles, to animal bones, animal antlers, and a whole heap of samples you can examine under one of the microscopes in there.  There are also a couple of aquariums in there.  It is such a lovely place, with so much to see, and it is also very cosy!

I thoroughly recommend a visit to Ronneby Naturum (but check the opening times first as they alter drastically day to day, and season to season).  You can easily spend a day in the park, with a visit to the naturum as part of it.  You can wander the woods blueberry picking in the early autumn, have lunch on one of the fire pits, and feed the ducks also.  There is also an ice cream kiosk serving delicious tasty treats too 🙂  Plus there is no charge for the park or its naturum.  Ronneby Naturum is a place we will be returning to many many more times.

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Nature Art – Air Dry Clay Figures

Today was a gorgeous warm (ish), but sunny autumnal day, so we decided to chill out in the garden doing some nature art.  We had some air dry clay left over from a previous crafting project, so we decided to use that up and do something with it, before it completely air dried itself out in the crafting drawers!  Nature clay figures it was to be.

The only supplies you need are air dry clay and things from around the garden.  I sent my trio off to collect various items.  They headed back with leaves, grass, twigs, sticks, sloe berries, various red berries, and anything else they could lay their hands on.  I was intrigued to see twin 2 really involved in this activity, as in the past he has not been so keen.  He and our little lady spent a good hour modelling their figures, while twin 1 bashed his lump into a pancake shape, and then headed off to cause mischief while the rest of us were distracted!!!

Any art and craft activity is good for their little brains (and I find it quite restorative too!).  It helps their mental, social, and emotional development.  Whatever they have chosen to do will usually involve honing their fine motor skills.  They use their imaginations to create with their resources, and when they enjoy and like what they have made, it in turn increases their self confidence.

Some of the best supplies are outdoors in nature (and they are free too).  Doing nature art gets everyone outside in the fresh air.  Their attention to detail within nature is increased as they look and discuss what they are using, which can then lead onto other discussions about its role in nature, and open a whole new learning topic.  Nature’s supplies are often a lot more interesting with regard to colour, smell, and texture too, making it more fun.

The finished nature art products we ended up with from today’s session were 2 hedgehogs, a snowman, and a scary rabbit….oh, and a flat pancake thingy!!

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Flower Pounding – Nature’s Art

flower pounding, nature's art, art with nature, outdoor art, flower art, www.mammasschool.co.ukFlower pounding is a very effective way of doing art with nature.  My trio love doing this because it so easy and very effective.  We also love seeing how our results change over the course of the four seasons.

 

 

 

 

So what supplies are required for flower pounding?

Very few?!  Any shape or size of cotton based material…plain is better as your results will be more visible.  You need to bear in mind that whatever you choose, the material needs to be large enough to place the flowers on one side and then fold in half.  You then need to pick a good selection of flowers and leaves.  When we pick our leaves for flower pounding we look for ones that would make good patterns.  For example, bracken with their fronds are good, or something similar.  With the flowers anything with a good solid colour will work well.  Then you just need a hammer.

Now you are all set to go….

Place your material flat, and start laying your leaves and flowers onto one half of the material.  You can either do this randomly, or think about the end result you would like and put more thought it into it.  My trio are all about the colours and patterns at the moment, so lay them out randomly.  You then need to fold the other half of the material over the top so the foliage is covered by the material.

 

Now you tap, tap, tap very gently with your hammer.  Too hard or fast and the hammer will shred the material.  Make sure you are firm enough though to see the colour coming through the material.  Go over all the edges of the leaves and flowers to get the best definition results.  You also need to do this on a firm surface.  As you can see we have chosen our garage floor, rather than the lawn (too squishy with all the moss!), or the decking (didn’t want hammer shaped dents all over it!!).  Once you think you have finished, open the material up and brush off the “crumbs” of the foliage, and you will be left with a lovely colourful pattern.  One of ours turned out very much like a butterfly but this was completely accidental!!  Nevertheless the children were very happy it did 🙂

 

 

 

The Cotswold Farm Park – A Day on the Nation’s Favourite Farmers’ Farm.

Heading to a farm for a spring day out, a few days before Easter, is always such a lovely thing to do with the family.  On a recent trip back to the UK, we were staying with my parents who were keen to treat their children and grandchildren to a day out at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park.  His father first started the farm back in the 1970’s to try and help some rare breeds, and since then he has taken over this rather famous place.  It is growing all the time and has become very successful.  We headed off to enjoy a slightly cooler, but still dry, spring day on the farm.

There is a lot to do there, and if you are a local, it is worth a few visits there to make sure you have seen everything.  We started the day with a tractor safari around the farm.  This was a good way to get our bearings and see what things there were to do, and where it all was.  It was a very informative ride, as the driver told us about the history of the farm and the breeds they have as we went round.

As you can imagine, there were babies everywhere!!!  They have a large lambing barn, and they are keen for you to be able to experience as much as possible, so if are lucky you can see a live birth.  My father was, and he watched some triplets being born.  One didn’t make it sadly, but he was able to see mum settle in with her other 2, and by the time we got there, they were only 20 minutes old.  The trio were slightly confused by the pink tinge of the newborn lambs, but after a brief biology lesson, they’d learnt something else.  It was so lovely being able to get so close and to see so much going on.

The trio were very involved; stroking lambs, kids, holding bunnies and chicks, admiring piglets, tickling guinea pigs, and bottle feeding the lambs and kids too.  They loved being so hands on.  We’d also bought 4 bags of animal feed, and there was a very good walk around the fields of the farm, allowing us to stop and feed the animals along the way.  The majority were hand fed, but the cows had a little chute that you poured the feed down into their trough.  All the animals were so docile and very friendly.  The most laid back farm animals I have ever seen.

It was a really lovely day out, very hands on, and the trio learnt a lot too.  We could easily go back though and enjoy it again!!

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Country Kids

Spring Pond Dipping – Watching Nature Wake Up After Winter

We are back into our Nature Curriculum again now that spring has started to arrive, and nature is finally waking up here in Sweden.  It seemed a nice idea, on such a sunny afternoon, to head down to the pond to do a spot of pond dipping and pond studying.  The weather has been so sunny, less windy, and dryer, so we even took our nature journals with us to do outside while we had our subjects there to study.  Sure enough once we arrived, we could see all the ice had melted, the sun was warming the water nicely, and instantly we could spot frogs swimming around and playing peekaboo on the surface.  My three were really excited.

The frogs were literally suspended in the water, very still, enjoying a good old sunbathe in their pond.  They were so funny, and very easy to see.  They were huge!  We were convinced we may have actually been looking at toads, but then spotted they did in fact have webbed back feet, making it more probable these were in fact frogs (along with a few other pointers).  Our little lady managed to help me catch one to get a closer inspection, and then she headed back to the pond, and came back with a tadpole/nearly frog specimen to examine too.  At this point, having done something that resembled more fishing than pond dipping, all thoughts of pond dipping went out of the window.  My trio had more than enough in these 2 fine specimens to keep them busy for a few hours!  I had hoped to locate some frogspawn, as last year we didn’t manage this either.  I thought as it had only just stopped snowing a week ago, and we still had freezing temperatures until a few days ago, we might have got lucky.  However, the parts of the pond we could access (very dense woodland surrounding it), didn’t give us any sightings of frog spawn.

We retreated a safe distance from the pond, and found a nice clearing to sit in.  No such thing as a nice ready made pond dipping platform here, as nature is left to its own devices so you need to blend in with it to study it!  We got our nature journals out and our pencil cases, and started sketching the two specimens we had found.  We chatted at this point about what they were, whether they were frogs or toads, and the main differences about them.  We also discussed the way they lived and their habitat as well, making notes in our journals as we went along (well, I added it in for the mini men, who will benefit one day!).  It was so lovely to be finally back outside sketching again in the sunshine, even if we were still well wrapped up.

After a while, the children headed off to climb trees while I lit the Kelly Kettle to make a warm drink.  They were going to have a warm drink and marshmallows while we read this week’s book (“By Pond and River” by Arabella Buckley) and this week’s poem (“A Friend in the Garden” by Julia Horatia Ewing).  

Today we had such a lovely time watching nature waking up after the long very cold Swedish winter, and already, just a week on from our last snowfall, nature is already very awake!!  The children loved being able to see such fine specimens so easily, and also were very pleased to catch a couple themselves (all specimens were gently returned afterwards).  They learnt so much this afternoon as the sheer pleasure of the situation was motivating, and the hands on experience will not be easily forgotten, and all to the background music of sea eagles calling to each other all throughout the afternoon 🙂

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The Nature Curriculum we use is, “Exploring Nature with Children. A complete, year-long curriculum”. It is a beautifully written framework, written by Raising Little Shoots, and can be found over at https://raisinglittleshoots.com/ It suggests a topic for the week, and then provides some background information and suggestions for nature journaling and outdoor exploring. It also provides a comprehensive suggested reading list (fiction and non-fiction) for each week, plus a poem and a piece of art to study. There are extensions activity ideas too. We use the topic as the theme for our week, and follow the ideas for our journaling, and one fiction book. What we have been doing from the curriculum can be found on our curriculum overview post. The craft, science, maths, and English ideas we have researched ourselves to fit in with the theme 🙂 This makes a learning a lot more nature based.

 

Country Kids

Wooden Nesting Box-How to Make a Bird House.

Our little lady came to us one sunny morning, having decided she would like to build a bird’s nesting box for our garden.  I have always been an advocate of letting children use tools such as saws, drills, and hammers (under adult supervision), so I thought this was a great little project for her to do….but not so great for me.  It involved measuring and being precise, so over to Dadda went the project!

 

So before I go into the nitty gritty about the actual nesting box build, I want to explain a little why I feel it is important for children to be able to handle these adult tools.  Mine have handled them previously doing crafts at forest school, under the supervision of forest school leaders, and also at home to build simple things under my supervision.  In fact they have a box in the garden, full of wooden, a box of nails, and three short handled hammers, just for their use.  Using such tools will require co-ordination, and having a project to build requires the use of creativity and imagination, not to mention using skills such as measuring.  Using the tools gives the children responsibility and they learn to behave accordingly, and it heightens their sense of awareness as consequences for lack of it are more serious.  Plus they lead to a real meaningful experience, it’s tangible, memorable, and the learning that comes from such an experience is immense.  With all that in mind, I sent her off with her Dadda to construct their nesting box.

First of all they drew up some basic plans.  The little lady explained the shape she wanted to have, and Dadda helped her measure, and show her how to draw a plan to work from.  Then they set off into the garage for two days.  It is a good time of year to be building this as the birds around us have just started nesting.  We are really hoping for some visitors.  In our previous garden in the UK, the only garden birds we had were oversized pigeons and starlings, but here we have such a vast variety.  Plus the wildlife surrounding us is so rich and diverse.  We have woodpeckers 100m away in the wood, herons 200m another way, and I’ve come home to see a sea eagle looking very out of place in our garden tree!!  They found some old wood in the garage and set sawing the component parts they required.  Once they had all of those, they needed to drill a front door for the home owners, and then hammer the lot together.  We have placed it in a tree near our very successful bird feeder, hoping to draw attention to it!

Both the little lady and Dadda were very proud of their “scandi” nesting box!!!  I hope we have spurred you on with our post to let you children wield a “grown up” tool or two to complete a little project 🙂

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Play Is Learning-Let Them Play!

“Play is the highest form of research.”

(Albert Einstein)

As parents, we are under pressure (both from ourselves and society) to ensure that our children do not miss out on anything, and succeed in everything.  Consequently, this has led to the normality of scheduling our children’s days, quite often, from the moment they wake, until the moment they collapse into bed.  The activity that loses out in all this way of living, is play.  Simple, free, and unstructured.  As parents, we like to know that our children are doing well, succeeding, and see progress.  It validates that we are doing a good job, our children are being given opportunities, and as parents we are being proactive and encouraging.  But what if we have got this all wrong, and have gotten swept away with the notion that this is what our children need?  What if I told you life could be a lot more simple, cheaper, and less stressful for everyone.  After all, those activities all cost money, parental time in taxi driving and support, and a lot of hurrying up in the process to get everywhere.  I’m going to go through the evidence now of why we should let them play, and more importantly, why play IS learning, and we should just trust the process more.

Children are not designed to be sitting still in confined spaces, and they often learn a lot better while they are moving.  As grown ups we need to think outside the box more, and view any play space as a learning potential space.  Play can happen anywhere, and so that means learning can happen everywhere.  One of the big things about play is that there are no rules to follow or curriculum, the child can just follow their interests.  Then there is much more motivation to carry on with the subject, and they are more receptive to the learning opportunities.  For the older ones, there are no negative associations with play.  It’s not school “work” or home “work”, so they are a lot happier.  If something is fun, a lot more is being absorbed and taken on board.

Art, craft, and creating is an especially positive form of play for children.  It has been shown to make their brains grow, and provide an environment for creativity and the expression of feelings.  However, this needs to be child led and unstructured.  Leave the supplies out and let them get on with it.  Letting the child lead in all types of play is the key to getting the best learning from the experience of play.  Children are always experimenting in their play as well, with various objects and solutions.  They measure, they pour, and they make various potions and solutions.  This is them naturally doing science as play, and it really does work.  I found my daughter once in the bathroom, surrounded by bubbles and her younger twin brothers, blowing different solutions through different shapes, having a blast learning what worked and what didn’t work.  Not only was she learning, but she was teaching too.

My trio love their Lego and their puzzles.  Once adults open their eyes a little more, we can understand that these toys are providing opportunity to learn about shape, size, order, and logic.  All really important skills.  We also encourage our trio to play games, such as happy families, with each other.  As well as the interaction with others they get from not using a screen, they are learning to take turns and share.

A lot of our play is in the great outdoors.  This environment not only increases strength, flexibility, and coordination, but it increases the use of imagination.  There are no toys with a predefined use in the middle of a forest.  A stick can be a sword, a broom, or a wand 🙂 Imagination is the key factor for play to be effective.  There are less boundaries, less rules, and a lot more freedom for them to explore in the outdoors.  It encourages the use of natural learning tools and resources to learn.

Play is learning let them play play www.mammasschool.co.ukSo, I am going to be a little more specific with what exactly they are learning now, just in case you are still sitting on the fence about the importance of play versus practising those spellings one more time.  Children are learning to problem solve and be more creative.  It gives them more enthusiasm and therefore more motivation to learn.  They have more curiosity stemming from a natural interest and ability to be able to follow their interests (not something grown ups have predetermined for them).  It can increase their confidence levels which are required to help them engage in new experiences.  They develop their concentration levels further.  Nothing can interrupt some imaginative play scenario that is going on between an Octonaut and a dinosaur!!  It reduces their stress levels – this one I want to just talk a little more about.  Due to their fight or flight pathways being activated in play (which is the same pathway that stress activates), they get exposed to stress (in a pleasant way), which then makes them less responsive to stress, and they are able to regulate it more effectively.  Just look at the amount of emotional disorders that are now present in people’s lives…….as children’s classroom/homework time has increased, along with more scheduled activities in their lives too, so has the amount of anxiety and depression disorders.

In conclusion, parents and schools need to give children more provision for play…not adult let, or guided play activities, but child led and unstructured  time.  We need to trust that this is better for them than more homework after a full day in the classroom.  We need to trust the learning.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.”

(Fred Rogers)

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Make a Flower Press – A Fun Way to Collect Nature’s Craft Resources

Flower pressing is hugely popular with my trio.  My little lady has a bought flower press (long before I became acquainted with sawing and drilling as something to let children use), but my mini men have to resort to a home made one of which we will show you how to do here.  Once you have pressed and preserved your pieces of nature, the ways to use them are limitless.  My trio love making and creating, and now we finally have a few flowers peeping through after the long, dark, and cold Swedish Winter, I am having to control their enthusiasm somewhat or else I’d have no flowers left in the garden!!  Flower pressing is the vogue in our home!

To make your own flower press you need to have the confidence and trust in your little people to let them wield some “grown up” tools.   I want to explain a little why I feel it is important for children to be able to handle these adult tools.  Mine have handled them previously doing crafts at forest school, under the supervision of forest school leaders, and also at home to build simple things under my supervision.  In fact they have a box in the garden, full of wood, a box of nails, and three short handled hammers, just for their use.  Using such tools will require co-ordination, and having a project to build requires the use of creativity and imagination, not to mention using skills such as measuring.  Using the tools gives the children responsibility and they learn to behave accordingly, and it heightens their sense of awareness as consequences for lack of it are more serious.  Plus they lead to a real meaningful experience, it’s tangible, memorable, and the learning that comes from such an experience is immense.  I kept this very simple for my double trouble, with no precision or measuring required…I had enough on my plate making sure they weren’t nailed to their own designs!!

You can be more precise and measure your wood etc, but we sawed roughly 2 same lengths of wood.  You need 2 pieces for each flower press.  Then drill holes through (at least 4), and insert screws and nuts (wing nuts would look nice, but we used whatever we had in our odd screws box).  Make sure you cut 4 pieces of cardboard that are the size of the wood, to place between the flowers that require pressing, and you are all set to go flower pressing!

This whole project can be done outdoors in its entirety but we had drizzle today, so headed indoors for the painting and cardboard adding!

In the past our little lady has made book marks, collages, and greetings cards, all using the flower pressing method.  Today though she was utterly engrossed in her own idea of a nature guide.  She pressed various spring flowers from around the garden.  Then she stuck them into a journal she had made from cutting paper and taping the sheets together.  Then she added a flower to a page, and using a gardening book, wrote a little piece about each flower!  This was all her own initiative and she passed a whole day away immersed in her little project.  I think she will add to it as the seasons progress as well.

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