A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature

A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature

by Asia Citro


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Dandelion Bubbles, Rain Drums, Seed Bomb Lollipops and more!

Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781943147045
Publisher: The Innovation Press
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 779,820
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Asia Citro, M. Ed, is a former classroom science teacher and outdoor environmental camp director with a Master's in Science Education. She lives in Seattle, WA and is the author of 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids, The Curious Kid's Science Book, and the creator of the popular blog Fun at Home with Kids. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Chicago Tribune, Today, Disney Baby, MSN, King 5 TV, Family Fun Magazine, and Highlights, among others.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

A Note on Collecting Natural Objects 11

Framed Nature Art 12

Native Plants 14

Nature Boat 16

Dandelion Bubbles 18

Plaster Treasures 20

Story of the Lake 22

Decorated Sticks 26

Earthworm Tower 28

Texture Garden 30

Water Cycle Demonstrations 32

Nature Sensory Bottles 34

Nature Blocks 36

Surfaces Demonstration 38

Nature Cutting Tray 40

Frog Hunt 42

Nature Weaving 44

Investigate a Snail 46

Wild Seeds 48

Sticky Nature Bracelet 50

Rainbow Photo Challenge 53

Sweating Leaves Demonstration 54

Seed Bomb Lollipops 56

Underwater Viewer 58

Stream Water Quality 60

Nature Crown 66

Sink and float 69

Rain Drums 70

Pounding Art 72

Coloring Flowers 74

Rolling Nature Painting 77

Acrylic Paint Sun Prints 78

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt 81

Hake a Bug Hotel 82

Recycled Paper Postcards 84

Nature Potions 87

Leaf People 89

Mystery Games 90

Nature Wreath 95

Hake a Terrarium 96

Bird Beak Game 98

Create Bird Feeders 100

Nesting Materials for Birds 102

Foil Leaves 104

Soil Study 106

Mud Pies 109

Nature Journal 110

Flower Press 112

Nature Paintbrushes 114

Nature Faces 117

Leaf Luminaries 118

Negative Space Art 120

Nature Treasure Collections 123

Appendix A Resources 124

Appendix B Macroinvertebrate Identification Chart 125

Index 126

About the Author 128

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