Preschool Science: Oil & Water, Day 2

My son had so much fun with our oil and water activity that he recently came up to me with the bottle of baby oil in his hand and asked if we could do another project with it.  Always ready to think on my feet, I grabbed some food coloring and we put together this … Continue reading Preschool Science: Oil & Water, Day 2

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Preschool Science: Magic Milk

All of our preschool science projects lately have to have a color-mixing element.  My three-year-old is fascinated by this process and will plunge with delight into any project that involves food coloring.  Here is an absolute classic we enjoyed one recent Sunday afternoon: Magic Milk You will need: a shallow dish or bowl whole milk … Continue reading Preschool Science: Magic Milk

Preschool Science: Oil & Water

My preschooler goes bananas for any project that involves food coloring, so this week, we dyed some water and experimented with how it behaved in a bowl of baby oil.  You can use any type of oil for this, but we make homemade wipes, so we always have plenty of baby oil on hand! We … Continue reading Preschool Science: Oil & Water

Raising City Boys Outside

We live in a major urban center, and at this point, we aren't even allowed chickens in our neighborhood.  We have to actively seek out opportunities for our boys to get outside, to spend time around animals, to learn how things grow.  Fortunately, we have a lot of support from family and friends in this. … Continue reading Raising City Boys Outside

Gardening with a Preschooler: The Strawberry Experiment

This summer for one of his projects, my three year old has been diligently caring for a strawberry plant. He waters it, keeps it clear of weeds, and on three separate occasions has had the supreme delight of picking a strawberry off of it. That's right. Spoiled as it is, the plant has only yielded … Continue reading Gardening with a Preschooler: The Strawberry Experiment

Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Ah, so many birds and so little time to sketch them poorly in my nature journal! While we did not see too many big animals on our trip to Olympic -- not like going to Yellowstone where you're practically tripping on elk and bison the whole time -- we did get to see a lot … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

In the literature I was reading preparing for our trip to Olympic, one description stated that the park had a "dazzling variety of wildflowers."  That was no joke!  Due to the extreme variations in ecosystems throughout the park, countless types of wildflowers flourish.  Below are just a few that we enjoyed. Most images are courtesy … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Pacific Coast

  We spent our last couple of days in Olympic on the Pacific Coast, staying at Kalaloch Lodge and visiting Ruby Beach.  Prior to our trip, we had prepped with several books about wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and Native American legends from the region, but the book that really paid dividends was this little … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

The word "rainforest" conjures images of brightly-colored macaws, 15-foot anacondas, and jaguars creeping along tree branches; however, rainforests are designated simply by the amount of precipitation they receive each year.  Their flora, fauna, and climates vary in every other way.  If you're interested in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Penninsula, set aside your visions … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Mountains

Our week in Olympic National Park began in the mountains surrounding Lake Crescent.  We lodged at the Log Cabin Resort and had a cabin right on the water.  The boys enjoyed having easy access to the water for tossing rocks in the lake and watching the many birds -- especially mallard ducks, Canada geese, a … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Mountains