colored foam soap
Colored Soap Foam

Who doesn’t love a good bubble bath? For little ones, bubbles may be the highlight of bath time, or the reason to get into the bath in the first place! For them, bath time isn’t always about getting clean, but about having fun in the water. And why not? These days, with a great variety... Read more »

bubble snake
Bubble Snake

Today on Caitie’s Classroom, we’re talking all about baths! Here is a fun activity you can do with soap suds. Are you ready to make your own bubbly snake? Materials sock dish soap small dish with water rubber bands small empty water bottle craft knife scissors Steps 1. With a craft knife pierce a hole at... Read more »

Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder and Kinetic Art: Creating Your Own Nature Mobile

Alexander Calder (American abstract sculptor, 1898-1976), was a pioneer of Kinetic Art and is considered by the art world as one of the most important figures of American 20th century sculpture. Born into a family of artists, his grandfather and father were both sculptors and his mother was a painter. From studying mechanical engineering at... Read more »

Leaves Changing Color Experiment
Why Do Leaves Change Color in Autumn?

Every fall, I look forward to the beautiful colours as the green leaves on the trees change to yellow, orange, brown, and red. But why does this happen? To understand why leaves change colour, you need to understand why they’re green to begin with. Most colours in living things are caused by chemicals called pigments.... Read more »

Potion Making with Kids
Potion Making

‘Then she filled up her cauldron and said with a grin, “find something everyone! Throw something in!”’ – Julia Donaldson, Room on the Broom Depending on where you live, Fall/Autumn has fallen on the land. The nights draw in, the sweaters and thermals have been retrieved from the back of the cupboard and the pumpkin... Read more »

edible construction sensory bin
Edible Construction Sensory Bin

Welcome to the Edible Construction Sensory Bin! Today we will be exploring what construction people do through the medium of sensory play! I am yet to meet a child that does not love a tractor, digger, dump truck, bulldozer, fire engine, police car or garbage truck or really any vehicle that is big and has... Read more »

Babara Hepworth
Soap Sculpture Exploration

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975) Who? A British Sculptor and leading artist in the international art scene. Her career spanned the course of five decades and she was the first female modernist sculptor. She studied and worked alongside the equally infamous British sculptor, Henry Moore. Both were pioneers of the avant-garde movement and method of ‘Direct Carving’.... Read more »

greens at the market
Visiting the Farmers Market with Kids

There is something so wonderful about seeing the world through the eyes of a child. One place I love watching my children’s faces light up with excitement is at local Farmers Markets. The fresh produce, the livestock, the homemade pastries, the fresh iced tea, the little wooden toys made and sold by the same hands,... Read more »

bee keeping
Let’s Learn About Bees

First things first. Some Biology. What is a bee? They are flying insects that are extremely important for humankind and are closely related to ants, wasps, and hornets. There are almost 20,000 species of bee on the planet. Every land surface apart from the Antartica have bees. Bees are crucial for pollination of our flowers,... Read more »

two cars on a ramp
Painting with Cars

Now we are pretty against stereotyping boys and girls. We believe that girls can like blue and play with trucks and tractors, just as boys can like pink and play dress up with fairy wings. However, it is not uncommon to hear Mothers and Fathers of boys say that they find it hard to get... Read more »

Children on a Walk
Scavenger Hunt

How do we know what we know about nature? From observation – looking carefully. Here’s a fun activity to practice your nature observation. What you need: Printouts of these three pages Pen or pencil Clipboard Go to a wild place, like the woods, or a river, or even just a park. Take your time and... Read more »

DIY Carl's Cardboard Car
DIY Cardboard Car

It is Summertime! The kids are off on holiday, playgroups have died down for the break and your children have itchy feet. Stressful right? Well, we are here to help! Here is an easy distraction for them – Carl’s Carwash Cardboard Car! If you, the adult are willing to put in a little bit of... Read more »

Two Children Taking photos
Let’s Go on a Photo Scavenger Hunt

When you go to take a photo of your kid are they the one who always yells “Let me do it!” and grabs your phone away? You may have a budding photographer on your hands. So what do you do to help nurture this creative side of them? A camera seems like a big and... Read more »

Child Stacking Rocks
Let’s Learn about Land Art!

What is it? Land Art or Earth Art is created directly into the landscape. It uses products from the Earth itself and creates something with them. It can be created in situ (right there) or it can be recreated as installations in a gallery. The majority of these works of art are made in the... Read more »

Painting
Mother Nature Paint Brushes

Nature. It gives us everything we need to survive. Some remote civilizations still live solely by what they can sow, hunt and make from the ground they live on. Our prehistoric ancestors were knowledgeable in what we could utilize from Mother Nature. Trees gave shelter and were used to create places to dwell, plants and... Read more »

Children Embracing
Circle Time, Anytime!

Picture this: it’s your kids birthday and you have ten very sugar high children to entertain. Or, maybe you’re chaperoning a field trip and you’ve got a long wait and five kids who are dying of boredom. Or perhaps there’s a family gathering and all the cousins are tired of hanging out with the adults... Read more »

Animal Nature Activity
Foraging Animals Printable

Spring has arrived and with it, hopefully for most people in the Northern Hemisphere at least, the days are getting longer and the weather more tolerable! We know the temptation of just staying indoors. It’s easier. You don’t have to battle with changing a last minute diaper, battling with boots and waterproof jackets and pants.... Read more »

Child Pointing to the Horizon
On Migration – DIY Compass!

Winter can be a hard time for animals. It’s cold, and it’s hard to find food. Some animals, like bats and bears, solve this problem by sleeping through the winter. Other animals, especially birds, solve the problem by migration – moving to somewhere warm for the winter, then coming back in the spring. If you... Read more »

DIY Bug Hotel
Bug Hotel

A home for bugs and creepy crawlies. Whether you like them or hate them, they are part of our world and play an important part in our ecosystem. Like any creature living on our planet, whether that is a human or a bug, we all need somewhere to call home. Creating somewhere for these critters... Read more »