Finding Flowers

This week we will look at the many flowers blooming in our community. I couldn’t possibly include them all so I’ve gathered some of the most common and marked those which we can pick and those which are best left in place.

You will need:

When you’ve gathered a collection of flowers from your yard and neighbourhood bring them home to create a beautiful pressed flower Mother’s Day card. (you can speed up your flower pressing project by using an iron)

My #1 goal is always toward stewardship.

Stewardship is when we take the time to care for something outside of ourselves.

As humans we are always going to pick and harvest natural materials so it is important to instill some mindfulness toward that activity when we are with our little ones. Just because we “can” pick it doesn’t mean we should pick it.

If you’d like to continue your flower hunting in a nature park or on a trail make sure to remind your little one to not pick the wildflowers .

There are some wonderful local resources for identifying flowers.

My favorite field guide is an out of print one called Plants of Southern Interior BC that you can sometimes find on Amazon.

We have a local Facebook group called the Kamloops Wildflower Project where some local naturalists share their vast knowledge.

Nature Journals

In your first weekly kit you will find a homemade nature journal. In case you need another one for siblings here is a super quick tutorial about how I made it.

You will need:

  • Sheet of cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Hole Punch
  • Plain white paper
  • Yarn or string

I made nature journals out of box flaps but this led to very irregular and randomly sized journals which meant I couldn’t cut one size of paper and that I wasted a lot of paper trying to make it fit in the journals. Cardboard is free, paper is not. So…..I don’t recommend this.

What I do recommend is cutting or folding a piece of plain letter sized paper in half and using that as a size reference for your journal. You want to make the cardboard a little bit bigger than the journal so it is protected inside.

After you’ve cut two pieces of cardboard the same size you are going to punch holes in it with your hole punch. You can measure to do this if you want, I’ve got a pretty good eye for symmetry so I just wing it.

Punch both pieces of cardboard and several sheets of paper.

Make sure all the holes line up.

Thread the string through the holes. Tie some knots and you’re done!

It’s a super fun first activity to personalize your nature journal by cutting and gluing or drawing things on it.

Maybe you want to write your name. Glue some photos from a nature magazine. Sky is the limit.

Here is mine and some of our fellow Adventurers.

American Robin

Bird of the Week

Have you ever seen this bird before?  
I bet you can find one in your backyard.

What do you notice about it?

What colour is it’s beak?

It’s legs?

What about it’s wings?

The American Robin isn’t actually a robin at all. It’s a thrush and a large one at that. It’s named after the true Robin that lives in the UK and is much smaller.

Our American Robin’s are one of the first birds to sing in the morning and sounds a bit like someone saying, “cheerily cheer up cheer up, cheerily cheer up cheer up”.

Did you know robin’s eggs are blue?

In your kit this week are some pieces to build a robin and paste it into your nature journal.
When you are done you can label your picture with the name of the bird.

Here is a picture of mine. I’d love to see yours.

What’s this weird bar code thingy?

You’ve probably seen one of these on your kits and are maybe wondering what it’s for.

It’s called a QR code and you scan it with your smart phone or tablet and it will take you to a website URL.

Some smart phones have an app already installed. For others you will have to install one.

I’m using one called Quick Scan. It has annoying ads when I use the app directly but with it installed on my phone it will recognize QR codes while in photo taking mode and the link with drop down as a notification.

Which is super handy.

It’s my effort to reduce the amount of paper we are using while doing these projects. Instead of writing a document and printing out pages for all of you I’m not writing a blog post and adding photos and videos alongside the instructions.