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!

🙂

❤ ❤ ❤

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!

BOOK LOOK – Winter Is Coming by Tony Johnston


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Winter Is Coming

by Tony Johnston


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Watching + Waiting + Wishing for Winter

Fleeting Fall

Childhood Charm

Animals in Action

Sketching Through A Season

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Experiment with patience and quiet and “see” what you can “hear” visiting one spot daily.
  • Super Challenge: Focus simply on one type of plant, or specific weather feature (temperature/precipitation/etc), or telltale sign of one common local animal as a way to specifically observe seasonal change.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: How do you know when one season is over and another has begun? What clues do you experience on your Nature Adventures?
  • Super Spectacular Challenge: Does the shifting of the season happen at the same time each year? Or does it feel like it changes a bit? Be a citizen scientist and look back in your nature adventure journals to see if there are any changes to when a season begins and ends.

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially P.L.A.Y.-full nature themed story books!❤ ❤ ❤

  Be sure to visit and support your local library! ❤ ❤ ❤


 

BOOK LOOK – Little Tree by Loren Long


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Little Tree

by Loren Long


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

A Tree Tale Over Time

Sweet Story Thru the Seasons

The Challenge of Change

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • First -select one season and for three months record the changes you see over time for one living thing (plant/animal).
  • Challenge: What would happen if the one thing you selected did not make these changes that you have observed the past three months? What would it look like if it stayed the same? What impact would this have? P.L.A.Y. with the idea!
  • Super Challenge: Now picture this one thing staying exactly the same for one full year through all four seasons just like Little Tree did in the story. What does this look like? How does it impact this one thing AND the plants or animals directly connected to it?
  • SuperDuper Challenge: What would happen if you stayed the same as you are today and never changed? What impact would that have on you, your family, and your friends?

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially P.L.A.Y.-full nature themed story books!❤ ❤ ❤

  Be sure to visit and support your local library = All Good! ❤ ❤ ❤


BOOK LOOK – A Leaf Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas


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A Leaf Can Be . . . 

by Laura Purdie Salas


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Life of a Leaf – Amazing! It can be most Anything!

Dynamic Discoveries

Potential & Possibilities

Four Season Finds

 

P.L.A.Y.-filled companion activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Treasurer hunt style -can you see Laura’s suggestions of what a leaf can be – tree topper, rain stopper, food maker, etc.? An opportunity to take a moment to notice in nature and create a check list in your journal.
  • Super Challenge: Walk about, wonder and wander, and see if you can add to Laura’s list of what a leaf can be. Example:  a “leaf munchie” = goaties in our barnyard were eating them like potato chips!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Fall Fun = make a leaf pile when the trees have released them to the ground. Estimate how many leaves it takes to make the pile by filling a small bucket or container and counting the leaves. How many buckets worth do you think you have? How many leaves does it take to make your “pile grower”?

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially P.L.A.Y.-full nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library = All Good! ❤ ❤ ❤