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Recycled Seed Starter

Spring has sprung and that means we can all get back outside for some much needed fun and sunshine. One of my favorite ways to get my kids active in the spring is to get them out in the sun helping me bring our yard back to life. We love to spend time outside and we love to enjoy our beautiful backyard while we do it. As you can imagine the winter tends to take a toll on the beautiful yard. Everything has gone dormant during this long cold Winter we had. On the bright side, we had such a wet Winter that the earth is ready for spring and some very beautiful flowers. That is why we are so excited to start planting.

We usually spend the first couple of weekends in Spring cleaning up the yards and preparing our spring planting. While we do plant a lot of things right in the ground there are some things we like to start as seedlings in a small pot and then transfer when they are larger. We love to do this with some of our herbs, and the flowers we are worried about planting before we are sure the cold weather has truly gone for the season.

We love to create our seedlings in water bottles. We simply make them in ot perfect little irrigation systems and they are easy to tote in and outside depending upon the light and temperature. An easy way to do this is with a recycled water bottle. Head on over to Glad for a great tutorial on how to do this. It not only is a great way to interact with your kids this Spring, it is also a fantastic way to teach them about recycling and why it is so important! The entire project is the epitome of Spring — finding something and giving it new purpose, a rebirth, and the blossoming of something great!

Butterfly Art Project

Here on the west coast we have had an influx of butterflies. Gorgeous Monarch Butterflies have been migrated through our area all month long. Butterflies, much like birds, take the same route every year in their migration. However, with the incredible rains this year there has been a much larger population than in the past 15 years. Southern Californians have reported seeing tens of thousands more butterflies than in recent years.

The butterflies have made spring feel as if it is truly here to stay in Southern California. Their vibrant colors are brightening our dreary skies and giving us hope for a long and prosperous spring. The superbloom happening all over socal is also helping the butterflies stay beautiful and well fed. The California Poppy has given the monarchs the boldest orange wings. It has been a truly spectacular sight, and has motivated my kids to create equally as beautiful butterflies.

I found this simple butterfly project at Preschool Mom. This simple yet colorful project is the perfect project to brighten up our bland art corner this month. Thank you to the Preschool Mom for such a fabulous idea! The project calls for pastel chalks but would work just as well with regular chalk or even sidewalk chalk. As with most projects we suggest parental supervision and probably an art smock as chalk tends to be messy. You and your little ones will just adore the simplicity and bold colors of this diy butterfly. It will be a great addition to any art wall!

Head on over to the Preschool Mom for the full tutorial!

Bring Spring Inside: Soda Bottle Eco-System

Spring is such a beautiful time of year. The flowers bloom, the sun shines, the birds sing, and everything is new again. Therefore, Spring is a great time to plant new¬†life, and building a new eco system is the perfect way to do that. Plants don’t only have to grow outside, you can bring spring into the house and share the beauty of spring indoors all day long. This soda bottle eco-system is one way to bring the outdoors in. This incredibly fun eco system from Layers of Learning was created by Moms, teachers, and sisters Karen and Michelle. They have cultivated a fun and simple eco system that sustains not only plant life but wildlife as well. Each eco-system can sustain a goldfish. So now your kids can cultivate beautiful flowers while caring for a small goldfish friend. Soda bottle eco-system The Soda Bottle Eco-System is fun to build and simple to care for. Simply go to Layers of Learning and follow their simple tutorial. Then you and your boys can enjoy the sweet joy of watching spring thrive indoors and out!