Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lets find Spring!

We have been very busy with our home school friends searching for SPRING! 
We went out in the yard and brought the camera.  The kids found signs of spring and then they took a picture of it.
crocus sprouting
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onions in the garden sprouting

forsinthia budding
lilac buding
grass turning green
green bushes
We made eggshell planters.  The moms blew out the eggs, except for Mason who wanted to blow out his own.  The tops where broken off, the kids scooped dirt into them and planted Mourning Glory seeds in them.

Some where in blogger world I saw this great idea for letting your little ones help water plants without a huge mess.  I LOVE this, and it works so well!

I use a small bulb baster in a small glass vase, so the kids can squeeze a small amount of water to use to water the plants.  This keeps the water from pouring over the dirt and flowing over.

With another home school group we had a Nature Explores Day at The Sheep Pasture in Easton, MA
Our friend Loni put together an extensive list of things to find and hear in early spring. 
We split up into groups and off we went....
Here is the list..
  1. robins
  2. more bird songs (some birds are beginning to establish territories and find mates at this time)
  3. lift a stone or a log to look for insects
  4. lift a stone or log to look for worms
  5. can you hear a frog yet?
  6. redwing blackbird?
  7. wood hellebore
  8. a bumblebee (if we hit 55 degrees)
  9. grape hyacinth
  10. the sprout of any flowering bulbs (crocus, daffodil)
  11. snowdrops (small white flowers)
  12. milkweed leaves
  13. barn swallow
  14. grackle
  15. mud!
  16. skunk cabbage
  17. a turtle ( we found a dead one)
  18. a bluebird
  19. the chickadee spring call (swee-tee)
  20. mourning dove call or sighting
  21. migrating geese or ducks
  22. a weeping willow in full chartreuse
  23. a chipmunk up from hibernation
  24. pussy willow buds
  25. witch hazel flowers
  26. woodpecker drumming (territorial)
  27. marsh marigold
  28. snow trillium (usually along a stone wall)

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