Nature Poop Post -or- the Scoop on Scat!

In addition to checking out P.L.A.Y. Nature Poop and Scat-Be-Doo-Doo posts, this book by Dawn Cusick, Get the Scoop on Animal Poop!, is a fun rainy day read for the whole family and can provide hours of engaging conversations with plenty of learning activities and experiments too.

How can you resist with book section titles like this:

The Power of Poo!

Underwater Poo

Watch Your Language! Feces, Frass, and Scat!

And so much more!!!

OK parents it is time to P.L.A.Y. !

Let your inner child bring forth a field full of cow patty poop talk and let loose!

Oh Deer- a patch of poop pellets! Simply another wonder in the woods!

Stretching Shadow – A Simple Gift

The shadows grow long as the sun sets ever earlier and we near the end of November allowing for P.L.A.Y.-full moments like this one here in my neck-of-the-woods.

And even though I’ve passed through this patch of the forest a thousand times this moment was like catching an unexpected glimpse of myself in the mirror as I caught sight of my extended shadow.

My how tall I’ve grown I thought. I look a bit long in the legs with four of them no less! I could be called “stretch”! What if a critter walked up behind me, how tall would they be? What if it was the black bear I saw a few weeks ago only this time it was walking on two legs? Oh my – what silly fun!

This whimsical moment reminded me yet again of how everything changes, always. Mother Nature has made sure that no matter what there will always be change even if we do not readily see it.

That is how this year has been too. There are so many obvious changes that have taken place in 2020 and yet there are so many subtle ones as well.

This holiday week may be a bit quieter for many of us as we stay home in our own pods and save visiting family and friends for another year when it is safer to do so.

And perhaps this provides an unexpected opportunity for all of us to reflect on the more subtle changes, perhaps even unexpected delights, that have unfolded while our attention was elsewhere this year.

What little things have you overlooked that could only have taken place due to the larger changes throughout 2020?

Someday when masks, and pods, and the pandemic are over what little things will you miss that could only have taken place this year and will eventually disappear?

Once you’ve sat with these thoughts awhile I hope you and your cozy pod are able to take the time to delight in the simple and subtle changes outdoors this week and in the months to come.

Whether it is catching a glimpse of your own shadows in the setting sunlight, collecting cool crystals on a winter’s day, or creating your own spontaneous P.L.A.Y. projects may you all discover simple pleasures in your own neck-of-the-woods.

Truly nature is there for you, ready to P.L.A.Y., always.

Be well, be safe, and simply bee!

From me and my shadow,

Karen ;0) ❤

Winter’s Coming, P.L.A.Y. Time!

This 3″ snow storm arrived as a bit of a trick and a treat at the end of October.

It was a fun reminder that winter is just around the corner and it is time to gather up simple P.L.A.Y. activities and order your next copy of Nature Alliteration Adventures to carry you through the super season of snow!

Nature Alliteration Adventures: Winter Activity Guide Book

Also be sure to check out my Snowflakes & Cool Crystals project for more inspiration for family nature adventures!

Surprise -Jack Frost climbing up my window on Halloween morning!

Nature Poop Post #1

SCAT – What’s that???

A curiously fun and magical moment in any outdoor adventure is to find . . .

SCATBEDOODOO!!!

Who left this behind?


SCATBEDOODOO is a new special P.L.A.Y. combination of two things:

SCAT = animal poop (aka feces)

SCAT = the improvised singing of nonsense syllables in jazz music like bop-doo-wop.


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What to do when you find the poo out in the wild:

1-Watch Your Step!

2-Look with your eyes not your hands (no touch!)

3-Draw or take a snapshot of the poop to later decipher which field or forest animal left behind this special clue.

4- Get curious if you like and poke it with a stick to try to figure out what this animal ate. Can you see fur, seeds, grasses, or ???

BONUS P.L.A.Y.  Sing your own verse of SCATBEDOODOO to celebrate discovering which animal has passed this way before you!

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The authors write in the introduction:

“(this book assists with) . . . the joy of reading stories written in the soil and snow. The fun of nature’s challenge is solving the mysteries written on the trail.”

I highly recommend picking up a copy for your nature library! ~ Karen ;0)


What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

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You will find nature videos, story read-alouds, seasonal snapshots, and oodles of  inspirational P.L.A.Y. pins for you and your family.


Try these P.L.A.Y. boards -Pass it on!


 P.L.A.Y. + Pass it on!

Nature’s *P.L.A.Y.ground* is a Feast for Your Senses Throughout the Seasons


Let’s go P.L.A.Y. in nature’s playground and restore our sense of calm through connection to the great outdoors and engaging in curiosity together.


These are some of the top “sense-sational” experiences I’ve had P.L.A.Y.ing in 2020:

*Hearing the buzzing bees while soaking up the warm sunshine on my skin and taking in the scent of summer in bloom in the butterfly garden.

*Listening to the babbling brook as it cascades down the rocky pathway.

*Hearing the birds singing an early morning wake-up call and the owl’s calling out to one another as dusk sets in to say goodnight.

*Watching the young goat kids, only a few months old, butting heads and frolicking about or cuddling one of these newborn cuties up close.

*Feeling the warm sunshine on my back as I P.L.A.Y.ed pick-up-sticks in early spring to create a brush pile.

*Seeing the ducks peeking out between the grasses in the meadow as they gobble up grubs.

*Watching the clouds sail by and a storm roll in.

*Tasting the delicious newly ripened apples in the orchard and the last fresh greens from the gardens.

*Feeling the cold on my lips while tasting the sweet local maple syrup on freshly fallen snow.

*Smelling the apple wood scented smoke outdoors on a winter’s eve from a nearby home burning a fire in a wood stove.

*Breathing in the crisp cold air while walking in the bright light and shadows created under a full moon on a winter’s night.


Nature Noticing is for EVERYONE!


No special equipment or experience is required!

Just pack your senses (+Capkin),

step outdoors,

and

soon the smiles will appear!

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Dog, kids, partner, neighbor, friends, or solo – nature P.L.A.Y. is for ALL!

Time to step out your door and experience the magic that nature has in store for you and your family TODAY!

Spring: Burs on Boot!


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“Burs on my Boot above the Babbling Brook”

P.L.A.Y. and P.L.A.Y.-fullness is naturally all around us – always!

Time to step out, wonder, and wander!


What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Surprise! First Snow of the FALL Season!


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SURPRISE!

The first snow of the FALL season arrived today here in the hilltowns in the form of on + off snow squalls and snow showers.

Fabulous Flakes were Found everywhere!

Living at nearly 1,000 ft here in New England means we may see snow showers at this time of year while the valley to our southeast sees mostly rain showers.

I love the gentle and magical snow globe effect and consider it our late FALL season bonus.

Visit P.L.A.Y. on PINTEREST(here) to see a video of this first snow.

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~Seasonal Reminder~

Time to get your copy of  Nature Alliteration Adventures: The Winter Guide (here) as the fun begins in December and lasts through January and February with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to get outdoors and explore the beauty of the snow and ice.

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Potluck P.L.A.Y. – Autumn Acorn Abundance!


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My walks this week included some P.L.A.Y.-full . . .   

Autumn Acorn Abundance!

Pausing and being present provided the opportunity to see these special striped acorns still attached to their caps.

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Curious Capkins want to know: Why do some years have more acorns than others? What impact does this have?

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“Marble Madness” ensued as the abundance of acorns made for tricky foot travel.

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Bonus Bounty!

According to the Farmer’s Almanac Folklore an abundance of acorn means a snowy winter (AND fat squirrels)!

I’ll be curious to see how this actually P.L.A.Y.s out!

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Visit my video on PINTEREST (here) for a simple snapshot of “Autumn’s Acorn Abundance” with a batch of beautiful oak leaves in the sunshine.


What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today? 🙂


Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

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