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Teaching Children Scientific & Technological Teaching Scientific Innovation & Problem Solving Through Nature

There are so many technological advancements that come from the study of nature. Plants, insects and other creatures hold the answer to many of the technological challenges that we face today. ⁣ Teaching children to look closely at the plants and creatures around us and helping them to learn more about things that many of us see every day, can vastly improve their ability to exercise more creative problem-solving thought. ⁣ Our family of books by Melanie Charlene, can help to encourage children to pay close attention to the interesting…

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seed shopping with kids
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Seed Shopping With Kids

When children can choose the vegetables that they’d like to grow and are given the opportunity to grow them, they’ll rarely ever complain about having to eat their vegetables.⁣⁣There’s something about gardening… it brings out the foodie in children. Gardening makes children want to explore many different types of fruit and vegetable options.⁣⁣Be sure to include children in the seed selection process when planning for your garden. You never know what fun and interesting things that they may choose.⁣ Please follow, share and like:

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It’s Time to Go Outside and Play

It’s been an interesting winter to say the least: abnormally low temperatures record high frozen precipitation and much more. It’s easy to get into the routine of staying indoors. I’d love to encourage you to step outside today and encourage your children to play outside! The development of daily healthy habits starts now. Allow children at least 30 minutes of outside play every day.⁣ ⁣ Outside play can boost attention spans, sensory skills, cognitive development, social social development, emotional well-being, immunity and overall happiness (sunshine is an amazing mood booster).⁣…

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Hunting for Treasure: A Fun Way to Explore Nature

Spending time outdoors can be a fun and exciting adventure for children of all ages. There are so many fun things that kids can do no matter where they live. One of my favorite outdoor activities is hunting for treasures. Our earth is filled with an infinite amount of treasures that is just waiting to be discovered. Grab a pouch or container, get the kids and head out in search of some of those treasures. You never know what you may find. Activity Description: With treasure hunting, kids are encouraged…

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Take children outside every now and then and let them quietly observe nature using their senses. It can be a transformative experience
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“…Take children outside and let them observe nature… it cab be… transformative” Quotes by Melanie Charlene ⁣

“…Take children outside every now and then and let them quietly observe nature using their senses. It can be a transformative experience that not only builds creativity, but can also help children practice being calm and consider their own emotions.”  ~Melanie Charlene Please follow, share and like:

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Bulb Planting Tips
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Spring and Fall Bulb Planting Tips: Time Saving Mass Bulb Planting Technique

Planting large bulbs, particularly in larger amounts can be a tedious task.The typical method would be to dig a hole that is approximately twice the size of the bulb and plant the bulbs at a depth of 2.5 to 3 times the height of the bulb.⁣ ⁣ This means that you would dig a small hole with a tiny gardening tool and carefully place and cover ⁣every single bulb one at a time. Not an exciting task. Particularly, when dealing with hard clay soil (depending on the bulb, heavy clay…

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Hyacinth Flower
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Gardening Tip: Learn How Save Big on Spring Bulbs

Add beauty to your garden, reduce waste and save money with this quick tip: Garden centers are filled with beautiful blooming bulbs every spring. The bulbs are often potted and packaged for planting or gifting and are sold for top dollar while in bloom. Once the blooms fade, the plants are often either tossed or marked down but, as the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. ⁣ ⁣ Potted bulbs with spent flowers can be transplanted into your garden for future blooms. I picked up the hyacinth…

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pink evening primrose
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Pinkladies: Pink Evening Primrose : Native Plant With Large Light Pink Flowers

Pinkladies are a pink evening primrose that is also known as showy evening primrose, Mexican primrose and amapola. It grows in USDA zone 4 to 9 and should survive well in most climates. ⁣ ⁣ The beautiful pink flowers grow to be approximately 2 inches in diameter. The leaves and stems are sometimes cooked or used in salad but it is recommended that the greenery is harvested before the plant blooms. ⁣ ⁣ Pink ladies are a native perennial that spreads both by runners and seeds most gardeners find it…

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Yellow Evening Primrose
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Yellow Evening Primrose : Native Plant With Large Light Yellow Flowers

This yellow evening primrose is a bit larger than the pink primrose that I recently posted. It has several names: bigfruit evening-primrose, missouri evening-primrose and fluttermill. It grows in USDA zone 4 to 8. ⁣ ⁣ The beautiful yellow flowers grow to be approximately 3 to 4 inches in diameter. The plant grows to 6 – 8 inches high but in the mowed lawn around our pond, it flowers at 4 inches in height. Check out my recent post on the pink evening primrose at for additional information on primrose plants.…

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