Nature Around the Net

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We did not get out much this week. The whole crew was sick and still recovering!

So we did a lot of reading (mostly Story of the World), a little watching (Planet Earth) and a bit of browsing the net. Below are a few things we found this week.

Trees have social networks! Fantastic!

Nature Inspired Art and Music Appreciation – Wonderful!

Woodpeckers around the world! Wow!

Saving the Planet through Storytelling. So true!

– What Children Need Most is Adults That Understand Development! Yes!

– A Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Amazing!

 

If you have any nature related links to share please do so in the comments or over in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group.

Happy Exploring!

~ Dawn

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Happy February & Free Desktop Calendar

February 2016

Happy February Mud Puddles Families!

As requested I made a February Desktop Calendar for you.

If you would like a Sunday start download it right here.

For a Monday start download this one.

When the photo comes up right click to download or set directly to your desktop.

Enjoy and share as you like.

Have a great February!

~ Dawn

 

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February Nature Prompts

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While February can be a difficult month to get outside for some families there are still many things to discover out there, even if most of the landscape is covered in snow.

To help inspire some fun explorations this month I have put together Six Fun February Nature Prompts you can use no matter where you live!

They are a wonderful introduction to how you can bring nature into daily life.

You can sign up here to have the download sent to you.

 

If you are interested in daily prompts sent right to your inbox please check out the Mud Puddles Nature Lab.

Members of the lab receive:

– daily promptswith extension activities and ideas for incorporating the prompt into daily life, right in their inbox

– printable journal sheets and activities

– membership in a private Facebook group

– discounts on future workshops through Mud Puddles to Meteors

– inspiration, support, and encouragement in a vibrant community of like-minded families

 

Click here to learn more and sign up!

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Exploring,

Dawn

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Nature Around the Net

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This has been a fun, but busy week of getting families settled into the Mud Puddles Nature Lab. What a great group of families from around the continent we already have coming together!

It has also been great week of discovering fun and interesting things on the web.

Animals in Winter – a podcast (Thanks for this one, Summer!)

There’s a Secret World Under the Snow

How do you build the world’s biggest dinosaur? 

Winter-Themed Nature Trivia Walk – with Free Printable

If you have any nature related links to share please do so in the comments or over in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group.

Happy Exploring!

~ Dawn

P.S. Enrollment in the Mud Puddles Nature Lab is only open for one more week! And, you start receiving your daily prompts as soon as you sign up!

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Mud Puddles Nature Lab

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Mud Puddles Nature Lab

 

I am very excited to about the new Mud Puddles Nature Lab!

When thinking about how I could best serve families to help them in their quest to connect with nature and make that connection a part of daily life I hit on this idea of bringing daily reminders and ideas right to those families to use each day. That idea became the Fall Outside 2015 challenge that I offered in November. It was a huge success and the families involved gave me some wonderful feedback about what they enjoyed and would love to see continue.

I pulled all of that feedback together to create this new Nature Lab to serve families!

Lab Members will receive:
– daily promptswith extension activities and ideas for incorporating the prompt into daily life, right in their inbox

– printable journal sheets and activities

– membership in a private Facebook group

– discounts on future workshops through Mud Puddles to Meteors

– inspiration, support, and encouragement in a vibrant community of like-minded families

 

I want this to be accessible to as many families as possible so I have decided to give an early bird special of just $5 a month (with those who sign up now locked in at that price).

The enrollment period ends on February 5th and will not open again until the spring.

Learn more about the lab and sign up right here!

Please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at dawnsuzette@gmail.com or in the comments below. 

I am super excited about having you join me in the lab!

~ Dawn

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Moon Shadows & Full Moon Resources

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Last evening we watched the moon rise up over the bay. It was not quite a full moon (like it will be tonight) but nearly there. With the colors of sunset streaking across the sky it made for a very pretty moonrise.

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After dinner, while snuggling on the couch next to the big window in the living room, we watched the moon light cast shadows on the snow. I tried to urge the kids to abandon the warmth of our fireside spot to venture out in the moon light but the tug of warm beds and sleepy heads won out. With promises of taking a moon walk with me tomorrow (from at least one of them) I tucked them in tight and I headed outside. It is likely that I could have read a book with the bright light of the moon shining down. As I walked, crunching and squeaking along, the moon light sparkled off the snow.

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I made my way to the edge of the backyard where the alder bushes grow and flicks of light caught my eye. The frost had already started to form and as I walked the moonlight caught the frosty crystals to make them look like winter fireflies flashing in the night. It was a sweet bit of nature magic and I had to laugh at myself for the giddiness I felt while walking along. I tried to capture it with my camera but some things just can’t be captured (at least by me).

I will be venturing back out tonight with at least one adventurous kid by my side (hopefully the clear sky I am looking out on this morning will hold). I am looking forward to sharing the sparkle and wonder a moon walk has to offer.

If you don’t have a layer of snow on the ground or frost in the bushes a full moon walk is still wonderful. Seeing the moon light shadows and feeling the cool evening air make the experience more than worth a few moments of lost sleep. Even the most familiar places, like the backyard, take on a whole different feeling in the moonlight.

Below you will find some wonderful posts filled with moon resources.

Nicolette shared some great resources in her post Intro to Moon Gazing + 2016 Full Moon Dates Printable.

You will find wonderful tips and book recommendations in Monique’s post A Winter Family Full Moon Walk.

Since it is likely to be cold out there you might find the tips in Keeping Kids Warm in Winter helpful.

Let me know if you venture out tonight under the full moon. You can share in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group or on Instagram with the hashtag #mudtometeors.

Happy Exploring,

Dawn

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Nature Around the Net

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Yesterday was all about exciting book news (yay!) so sharing links had to wait a day. Hope you all don’t mind. We did come across some neat links this week. Check them out below.

What If Earth’s Magnetic Poles Flip? 

– How to Start a Fire Using Dryer Lint – So handy!

– Types of Snowflake – More diverse than you may have realized!

– Preserving Snowflakes – This is now very high on the winter list.

Bird Academy – Learn all about birds from the best bird lab ever.

 

Have you found any great nature related links this week?

We would love to see them. You can share here in the comments or in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group. If you are not a member, no problem! Just request to join and I will add you ASAP.

Have a great weekend!

~ Dawn

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Whatever the Weather News

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Look what arrived in the mail this week!

Author copies of our book! Yay!

We are so excited about how the book turned out. The team at Roost Books did an amazing job pulling all of our words and photos together into a wonderfully beautiful package.

You can take a peek at the inside over on the Roost Books website.

It is not too long before copies will be sent out into the big wide world (just 79 days – not that we are counting or anything).

Whatever the Weather is currently available for pre-order through all of the major booksellers if you want to make sure it will land in your mailbox as soon as possible after April 5th!

The links below will take you straight to the sales page for the book.

Amazon.com (We are currently the Number 1 new release for Children’s Science Experiment Books! Yay!)

Amazon.ca

Amazon.uk

Chapters/Indigo 

Barnes&Noble (note: They have the incorrect age range listed. It is actually 5-9 years old.)

 

We can’t thank our Mud Puddles to Meteors community enough for all of your enthusiasm and support around the book and all we do here!

Thank you!

~ Dawn & Annie

 

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Nature Around the Net

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Winter is in full swing here in Nova Scotia and a little extra motivation to get outdoors is always helpful. Below are a few links for a little exploration inspiration.

Ten Reasons Why Children and Adults Need Vitamin N (This is an old, but great, post.)

… a map of everywhere: diy geography fun! (The possibilities are virtually endless with this project.)

A World Record Big Year for Birds (“Of the estimated 10,400 bird species on Earth, Strycker saw 6,042 of them in just 365 days.” Whoa!)

Nature Poetry and Practicing Kindness (Simply wonderful!)

Nature School Project – Tree Buds (We love Sparkle Stories Nature School series!)

If you have not seen the January Nature Prompts yet you can download them (free) from this post.

 

Have you found any great nature related links this week? We would love to see them. You can share here in the comments or in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group. If you are not a member, no problem! Just request to join and I will add you ASAP.

Have a great weekend!

~ Dawn

 

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January Nature Prompts

January Nature Prompts

Is it really already January 2nd! Goodness!

I made up a list of nature prompts to help get you out exploring in January (snow & ice not required)!

You can download that right here.

Please share this post with friends who need a little inspiration to get out in January. It can be hard for some families to get out in winter. Let’s help each other OUT!

On that note, winter is also a great time to plan hikes with friends. There is something about knowing someone is waiting for you at the trailhead to get you motivated when all you really want to do is sit under a cozy quilt with the latest read aloud!

Share your winter outdoor adventures with us in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group (if you are not a member request to join and I will add you ASAP) or share on Instagram with the #mudtometeors hashtag.

Happy Exploring!

Dawn

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