TOAD #17: Spring + Summer Curiosities

Where do the tails on these tadpoles go once they become toads?

Why do tadpoles all gather at the water’s edge and huddle so close?


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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Activity Story Book 

by Karen L. Willard

Join Peter Rabbit and friends on adventures discovering all about Old Mr. Toad and his days spent in and out of the water!

See sample story pages + purchase HERE

More Tadpoles + Toads in motion at PINTEREST HERE.

TOAD #16: Spring Magic

How long have these egg strands been here? Is there a way to know their age or “guestimate”? (Hint: dust covered vs. fresh)

Do the toads sing under water too when they are stacked together mating?

P.L.A.Y. Adventure Time 

Visit Pinterest HERE to listen closely to what it sounds like as you walk through the woods and approach the toad chorus calling at the water’s edge.

And visit Pinterest HERE to listen closely to the variations of the toad calls while also spying some mating toads amidst the egg strands in the water.


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The Adventures of Old Mr. Toad (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Activity Story Book 

by Karen L. Willard

Join Peter Rabbit and friends on adventures discovering all about Old Mr. Toad and his days spent in and out of the water!

See sample story pages + purchase HERE

More Tadpoles + Toads in motion at PINTEREST HERE

Spring Snow Surprise!

Spring Snow Surprise!

The spring birds are arriving daily here in the hilltowns of Massachusetts in April and this morning they awoke to a snowcapped roof – Brrrrrrr!

I’m so very glad they have a cozy spot to settle into for this momentary silly weather pattern sent by Mother Nature! 

For more New England BIRD adventures visit P.L.A.Y. Birds to read stories and engage in curious and creative activities designed for the whole family.

The bird story book begins HERE.

Mother Nature surprised us all with a stack of spring snow on the already blooming tulips in our flower garden.

Thankfully our seedlings weathered the storm indoors in both our home and in the community greenhouse so we are still on track for cucumbers and other delights in our veggie garden.

More P.L.A.Y. family gardening inspiration HERE.

Spring Color Sampler with Summer in View

Prepare for Summer P.L.A.Y.!

Nature Alliteration Adventures Summer Activity Book HERE


Spring Color Sampler with Capkins Matching Like Magic!



Summer is in view and you can join in with your Capkin on more adventures too!


Spring: Burs on Boot!


P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Purchase Here


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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!

Spring: “Squeaky” Spore Spreading


P.L.A.Y. Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books

Purchase Here


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FREE LAUGHTER – DON’T MISS THE MOMENT!!! 

See “squeaky” spores in action HERE!

Meadow Magic with Spore Spreading in the Spring

My Curious Capkin and I found this bonus treasure while out on a spring walk in the meadow.

You just never know what fun awaits you when you wander! Love it!

Time to lace up your wander shoes and get outdoors for some fun family “wonderings”!

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What 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!

P.L.A.Y. in Place – PROJECT #1 -Spring 2020


Curiosity + Creative Challenge for YOU!


Curiosity

My fellow community member passed me a bunch of bare stalks of forsythia on March 17th and only five days later on March 21st (today) they have sprung forth their sweetness! So cool!

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What nature do you have locally, right outside your door, that could be brought (responsibly) into your home or can be seen from your windows to observe the magical changes mother nature provides?

Community Connection

There are so many ways to share your P.L.A.Y. in Place Project with friends and family!

Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Take photos daily to capture the subtle changes and compare them
  • Sketch the size + shape + color of your nature object daily
  • Write notes on your observations and record remarks by household members too!
  • Use your sense of humor to name your nature object and write a short comic strip adding a new box daily as you see changes occurring
  • Use your favorite social media platform to share this P.L.A.Y. project
  • Skies the limit and out-of-the-box thinking highly encouraged!

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Send me an email with links ONLY – NO PHOTOS to see your P.L.A.Y. projects on your preferred social media platform (Pinterest, Facebook, etc.) to  Karen@passionatelearningallyear.com

*Please NO photos or attachments in your email due to slow internet in our hilltown home!!!

Pass this * P.L.A.Y. in Place PROJECTS * link forward to friends and family. Thanks!!!

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Spring Has Sprung – INDOORS – just like magic!


March 17, 2020 Bare forsythia stalks gifted by a neighbor.

March 21, 2020 Sweet forsythia in bloom as a Curious Capkin climbs onboard!

Rx – Nature Nurtures – Breath of Fresh Air


Short and Simple Spring Tidings in Odd Times


Nature Nurtures us and is good ” Rx medicine” for one and ALL – always.

In this time of feeling like the world is upside down take a moment to get grounded by connecting to nature.

A momentary breath of fresh air,

seeing buds on the trees,

searching for seedlings sprouting in the spring soil,

simply watching the clouds go by,

or soaking up some sunshine

are all ways we can bring peace and calm back into our lives to help navigate the challenges ahead.

Once you are there in that space pay attention to the kiddos and pets in your life and find moments of laughter and silly to help light the way.

❤ ❤ ❤ We are all connected and in this together. ❤ ❤ ❤


For more inspiration follow my blog posts to get a great daily dose of nature and P.L.A.Y. and consider purchasing my latest activity books by ordering online for more outdoor or story time options <HERE>.


Nature feeds our mind, body, and spirit – get your daily dose of P.L.A.Y. today!


Be well, be safe, and simply be,

With hugs and a smile,

Karen :0) ❤ 

Signs of Spring + Breath of Fresh Air!

Parents, kids, families, and friends are all highly encouraged to get

Nature Alliteration Adventure Guide Books (click here)

and create their own small gatherings because now more than ever is a good time to get a breath of fresh air and P.L.A.Y. outdoors!!!


Signs of SPRING – Yippee!!!


While trimming vines and removing dead branches from a local tree to prep it for “climbing season” (yes – as in connecting back to childhood and spending time P.L.A.Y.-ing aloft) I chanced upon a few wonderful sights and sounds of migration.

9AM – 70 geese flew overhead in a check-mark formation heading North

10AM – 70+ more geese were heard heading North slightly out of view due to the ridge

11AM – 30+ more geese were seen heading North

AND nearby discoveries . . .

“Pussy Willow Tree”

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“Close-up Bud”

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“Apple Tree Buds”

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BOOK LOOK Spring Guide for Nature Alliteration Adventures by Karen L. Willard


Join the SPRING P.L.A.Y. adventures by purchasing HERE!


Nature Alliteration Adventures: The Spring Guide

Over 90+ outdoor adventures designed for March + April + May

*Some access to snow + ice recommended for this P.L.A.Y. guide book.

by Karen L. Willard


Spring is just around the bend with the final bands of snow coming through and the white stuff melting off the southern slopes up here in the north west corner of Massachusetts.

There are still a few ice adventures in store down at the brook and river with the melting run off beginning to raise the water levels too.

Buds and blooms are slowly appearing with a few insects taking the lead as they make their way on the muddy surfaces and taking flight.

So many new and exciting wonder and wander moments ahead as nature unfolds into the next season of renewal.


Time to SPRING into action and join the P.L.A.Y. nature adventures with family and friends!

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries

on the pages of your Nature Adventure book!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. guides HERE.