P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #7


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Known: These crystals formed just outside a crevice in a tree.

Unknown: I’m guessing the breath and body heat of a critter that lives inside the tree helped generate the right conditions for these cool crystals to form.


Below are multiple views of this P.L.A.Y. discovery.



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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #6


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Visit Pinterest <here> to see the video of this frosty morning find!



A Spectacular Collection of Cool Crystals in this Winter Wonderland Scene!

Fabulous Frost Finds look great close-up and Faraway!


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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #5


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. in nature whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

Here are more observations and snapshots from my front steps:

Sometimes there is such diversity all within the same storm in terms of shape, size, and design. I love looking these up in my snowflake field guide (below).

Surprise! Look how itty-bitty they can be!

I’ve also enjoyed expanding my search and exploration from snowflakes to also revisiting my favorite cool crystal locations down at the brook and river.

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I continue to use Ken Libbrecht’s snowflakes field guide to have fun going deeper into this P.L.A.Y. project by looking up specific shapes and terms for different snowflakes and crystals.

It is all still too new for me to retain much of this language yet so for now it is just enjoyable to keep looking up new flakes as they fall!


Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Kiddos and folks of all ages, throw on your snow suit and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #4


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. in nature whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

More observations and snapshots from my front steps as I continue to work on getting “clearer close-ups”:

Quite often the snowflakes do not have their 6 sides intact by the time they reach the ground and yet they are still simply beautiful!

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Join me in this P.L.A.Y. project by diving deeper into the snowdrifts of snowflake books including this biography designed to hold the attention of a mature reader and yet some of the fun facts can be pulled out to share around the dinner table and engage all with a lead in of “Did you know?”.

The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley

by Duncan C. Blanchard

Duncan Blanchard spent decades of his time chasing down the ghost of Wilson Bentley as he was fascinated by his work in water wonders of the atmosphere – both raindrops, dew, clouds and frost, and of course snowflakes. Duncan himself was an atmospheric scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, MA in the 1960’s  and had an appreciation for the work Bentley had done in the late 1800’s. After countless hours interviewing folks, researching in libraries, and putting together the pieces of this interesting biographical account Duncan finely published his book in 1998. *Over 200 pages of text, sources, and photos are included.


Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Kiddos and folks of all ages, throw on your snow suit and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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Beaver BOOK LOOK 17 (+videos) The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

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

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

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I SAW PADDY THE BEAVER!

Oh my goodness! Today was the day! In the midst of a grey sloppy walk I saw Paddy the Beaver and boy was he CUTE!

He was working just below the dam and sat about 20 inches tall with his good size tail as his prop. He looked to be a 2-3 year old juvenile at about 40lbs tops all sopping wet.

He was 6 ft away from me down in the beaver canal and immediately jumped from below the dam up and over the layered logs and dove directly into the water swimming diagonally straight to the entrance of what I can now confirm is his lodge.

It all happened so fast (therefore no photos) and yet it was a spectacular site none-the-less!

I called out to him as I left letting him know I was so glad to finally meet him, even if briefly!

Yay, Paddy!


Video 32 <HERE>

 Timberrrrrrr! Paddy the Beaver’s work includes a tricky balancing act!


Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 16 (+videos) The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

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

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST


Video 31 <HERE>

Curious if a beaver lodge has emerged along the beaver canal as a 3ft tall stick and mud pile now sits above the water line.

Melting ice in the beaver canal due to warm days with over 33 trees down to date and some floating pieces in the water. Paddy’s still busy!


Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #3


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. in nature whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

Visit  PINTEREST <here> to watch a magical moment as two snowflakes melt into one natural art piece as a beautiful black silhouette.

The snow “storms” that are sporadic and not too heavy seem to produce the best close-up snowflake snapshots. This is a wide view of how the meadow looks after this type of storm, covered in snowflakes, as the blue sky reappears.

Visit PINTEREST <here> to watch nature’s full effect including a little “snow spinner” with the wind whipping up in the meadow.

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Engaging with this project continues to feel P.L.A.Y.-filled , both a positive challenge and like a work in progress, so I will forge ahead with rereading the books below while looking for more details and also looking for outdoor opportunities to test out new techniques.

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Join me in this P.L.A.Y. project by reading Ken Libbrecht’s snowflake books:


Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Folks of all ages, throw on your snow gear and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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Beaver BOOK LOOK 14 (+videos) The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

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

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST


Video 27 <HERE>

 Brrrr! cold temperatures in the single digits both day and night and Paddy the Beaver still continues to show-up and get his work done.

Video 28 <HERE>

Sunshine and super cold – further beaver activity updates!


Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 10 (+videos) The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

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

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST


Video 19 <HERE>

 Tail Trail WITH Paw Prints!

Typically Paddy’s paw prints are wiped out when his tail passes by so this was a rare treat.

Fairly recent beaver footprints dusted with snow.


Video 20 <HERE>

 Paddy the Beaver has been busy with construction work along the river’s edge.


Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #2


Welcome to my new P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

And I still find the up close photos to be a challenge. However, I am very much appreciating the shapes I am discovering even with the finer details missing.

I am also enjoying the unexpected benefit of getting some clearly defined silhouettes of the snowflakes once they melt into the black paper. Cool!

Still making my way towards “crystal clear” and wish this beauty below was a bit more focused!

Engaging with this project continues to feel P.L.A.Y.-filled , both a positive challenge and like a work in progress, so I will forge ahead with rereading the books while looking for more details and also looking for outdoor opportunities to test out new techniques.

This is how P.L.A.Y. looks for me and I look forward to sharing more with you!


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Join me by reading more enjoyable titles and then getting outdoors for P.L.A.Y. time!

Continue with these 3 great titles all from Kenneth Libbrecht who is a modern day snowflake and crystal expert!

Start here with this easy to read and great for the whole family introduction and up-close look at the art and science of snowflakes.

Then continue with this fun field guide that you can take outdoors or use when you come back in to identify types of snowflakes (while drinking your cup of cocoa!)

This volume goes into much greater depth and is a wonderful read with fabulous pictures IF you want to take it to the next level!

Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Throw on your snow suit, kiddos and folks of all ages, and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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