This week was for the birds! We already did a class on a birds and we have done a bird mask before, but this is a little different and we allowed the children to use a little imagination. So with this craft I cut the masks in a figure eight shape. Next, I cut two holes for the eyes. Make sure to save your cut out because this will be fold in half and then folding on the edges to be used as the “beak”. The beak can be attached any which way, but I used staples. I also stapled some stretchy string on the back of the mask so the children could wear it.

After the knotty gritty, we let the kids color their masks and glue feathers on the mask. It was simple and the kids loved decorating the masks so many different ways. Check out the different masks that were made.

Who is the big kid in the back!!??

Paper plates
Stretchy string
Stapler and scissors  


Okay, so we have finished our EcoKids series but I wanted to add our last project. In honor of Halloween, we made spiders on a web! The idea came from God’s Eyes, which are usually made from popsicle sticks and yarn. 

Materials needed:
Two sticks about forearm’s length
Hemp string
Thin ribbon string
Cotton ball material (we used the material sold during halloween)

Styrofoam ball
Black Spray Paint
Black pipe cleaners

Assembling it all together:
The styrofoam ball should be spray painted black. Once dry, the pipe cleaners can be used for legs and the googly eyes are glued on the body.

The sticks should be tied together using the hemp string. It took me awhile but I finally figured out a system to tying all of the sticks together without being loose. Then put the cotton material on each corner of the sticks and stretch it so it covers all angles. Tie the ribbon on of the stick’s ends so you can hang it onto something. The Spider should stick right on!  


You will need:
pine cones
soynut butter/peanut butter/honey (depending on allergies)
wild bird seed

This is a simple bird feeder that is easy and fun to make! Pine cones are easy to find if you have a coniferous tree in close proximity. Depending on your child’s allergies, peanut butter, soynut butter, honey, or crisco can be used to stick the bird feed onto the cone. Slab some soynut butter, roll on some seeds, and you got yourself a homemade bird feeder that will make those birds chirping for joy (and maybe a few squirrels). Attach some string around the top of the cone and hang it from a tree outside your window, and if you are lucky you may get a glimpse of a hungry, little bird looking for a snack.

Helpful hint: The best times to look for birds are in the morning and at dusk. 


Say hello to my little friend.

This week’s class was all about geology, the study of rocks! There is so much to learn about rocks, it is actually mind blowing. Seriously, it blew our minds how crazy the formation of rocks can occur. It is almost as if they have their own rock cycle, like any other living cycles that occur on the Earth, except for the fact that rocks are inanimate objects. So we decided that we would give our rocks some life and create ROCK PETS as our class’s craft for the week.

It was really very simple. After reading the Magic School Bus’s “Inside the Earth” we went on our own exploration in search of a rock collection (mind you, this book is AWESOME. We learned more from this book in the shortest amount of time that we sounded like professional geologists, well… so we thought so). Anyway, we directed the children to look for six different rocks in our parking lot. See at this age, it is hard for preschoolers to understand the different layers on our Earth’s crust and how each rock forms, etc, etc. So the easiest way for them to determine the difference is color, shape, and texture. So by choosing six different rocks they were able to determine these characteristics for themselves.

After the collection we gave them the tools and they had their way with the rocks. I made two painted rocks with googly eyes (I recommend acrylic paint) and one rock designed as an owl in which I used sharpies. In the one picture shown of my owl, there is another rock designed by a youngster who was eager to replicate my pet rock owl. It was a hoot… (ha).

Enjoy your pets and ROCK ON \m/

Fall is simply the best season. This week we learned about hibernation with the kiddos. For the craft we made turtles, animals that hibernate throughout the whole winter. Since they are cold blooded, turtles bury themselves in the dirt to keep warm as their heart beats slow and they sleep throughout the summer. We learned that some of the only true hibernators are insects, snakes, woodchucks, and turtles. Bears, most commonly associated with hibernating animals, are not true hibernators. They do give birth in the winter to their cubs but for the most part they take shelter to keep warm and get rest. Animal habits are very interesting to think about, it is fascinating how they are drawn to live by their instincts. 


Oh we made these bird feeders as well! Easy as pie: pipe cleaners and cheerios. String those babies onto the pipe cleaners and you have yourself one fancy looking bird feeder. 

Not sure how successful this feeder can be, but this is really easy for children. I even had a two year old making one of these. Great for the motor skillz.


What you need for this project:
small paper plates
paper bowls
green construction paper
tissue paper
googly eyes

I prepared the turtles myself because four year olds are lethal with staplers. The bowl is attached to the small paper plates with just two staples. I cut out the limbs and head and stapled them within the slots between the plate and bowl. Next, I prepared a glue and water mixture so that the children could paint on the glue and stick tissue paper squares on the shell. We added goggly eyes on the head, and ta-da…..turtles!


EVERYBODY GETS A NATURE BOOOOOK! Check these bad boys out: construction paper cut in half, folded, and then stapled. We have some great nature stamps at camp, so the kids were allowed to decorate their covers with birds, squirrels, butterflies, galore. The idea for the journals was created so that the kids can draw any animals/plants that interest them when they come to class.

Since we learned birding this week, we encouraged the kids to draw any birds they saw. I was so impressed with their enthusiasm to learn and be apart of the activities we run at camp.  We are making nature simple, approachable, and fun and the after each class I am continuously amazed. These kids are averaging four years old, and they are freaking smart. And I won't doubt that they will only get smarter if they learn from our techniques.