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Wild birds

Bird feeder

Kari Svenneby 

In fall and winter our bird friends can use some help through the winter. Start feeding birds and start watching them and collect data for who is coming back to your backyard. By a book and start identifying birds. One my favorite bird book for children is Backyard Birds by Robert Bateman.

When you start feeding birds in your backyard remember that you have to continue feeding them through the winter, birds become depended on your food and will come back to get it all winter.

A great way to start with bird watching is to start making bird food with your children. Making your own bird feeder is a fun craft you and your kids can do together. Sued (animal fat) and peanut butter (unsalted) and different seeds and nuts are common bird food.

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Winter wonderland

By Kristen Maxwell
The leaves have begun to fall, the air is cool and my daughter and I have begun to collect leaves to decorate the dinner table.  Yes, fall is upon us with winter on its heels.  Last year my daughter’s favourite winter fun was making snow angels. I wonder what will tickle her fancy this year.  Recently I came across a book called I Love Dirt!: 52 Activities to Help You and Your Kids Discover the Wonders of Nature , by Jennifer Ward; she offers many inspiring ideas for outdoor play on cold, snowy days.

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Sand Play

Nice weather and sun finally! Beach and lazy days…

Did you know that through sand play children develop physical development, social skills, cognitive development, mathematical skills, science concepts and language skills?
All we adults need to do is to encourage and supervise their play. There is a lot of stuff you can do with the sand. Well, some times it is nice to be like a child and again and dig in the sand, and see what you come up with.

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