It’s time for the 2014 Curriculum Clean-Out! I haven’t had time to clean out our curriculum shelves yet, but I wanted to join in the fun! This past weekend I finished up a new hummingbird unit to add to our nature study resources. For us, now that the weather is nicer, we are heading out and exploring! I bet many of you are too! So for the Curriculum Clean-Out I’m offering some nature study tools perfect for toddlers – 1st grade.
Nature Study Resources for Young Children
One winner will receive my brand new Hummingbird Nature Study Unit ($2.50 value)
In this unit you’ll find:
- color match
- letter h handwriting page
- vocabulary cards
- notebook page
- observation page
- 3 coloring pages
- nature journal pages
plus activity ideas! There are over 20 pages of printables to help you study these adorable birds.
The winner will also receive a copy of Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers ($3.99 value) Nature Study Printables for Toddlers and Preschoolers is a 60+ page eBook containing all my toddler and preschool nature study printables on my site plus 20 exclusive pages available only in this book! Use these tools to help informally introduce young children to the natural world around them. There are nature I Spy cards plus nature journal pages for studying ants, worms, ladybugs, frogs, butterflies and fish.
Get both nature study resources!
I’m also including a couple of my favorite preschool science tools to help you get started on your nature studies! The winner will also receive a pair of Fisher-Price kid binoculars and Learning Resources Early Science Explorer’s Set (combined value $25)
You can enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter widget below. See giveaway rules below. (If you win and have already purchased the ebook/hummingbird unit, I will give you a refund or you will have the option to gift it to someone else.)
Our favorite nature moment this year was when my 5 year-old was running through the park, chasing a shadow of a bird on the ground. She finally looked up, and screamed with joy because she new it was a Blue Hereon…… she came running back saying that she had just soared with a hereon. 🙂
one of our best science moments this year, was when my 3 year old son found frog eggs at a pond and his brother scooped them up for him. They are excited to watch them hatch!
Angela C says
Thank you for running this giveaway! I would love to run this to use with my 2 children. We love spending time outside.
My favorite moments have been seeing and hearing the kids talking to other kids and adults about things we had learned about. It is so exciting to see them excited about science and retaining the info!
I would say the kids favorite moment was when we dissected an owl pellet.
My 2 year old learned that when you pick a flower, you can’t just stick the top part into the ground for it to grow.
My favorite moment was when my kids made an ocean mural. It looked great! 🙂
Kristy Jensen says
I love when my children find treasures in the yard. We recently found a vulture feather in the front yard and they kept it for their treasure box.
Wendy Clark says
We did not do any formal science study with my first grader this year, but he is always outside discovering and learning. That is my favorite type of learning-child-led. That’s when they really start to think and it stays with them.
We have been learning all about carpenter bees.
Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy says
We’ve had so many! 🙂 We got to see a caterpillar hatch into a moth, and I found a praying mantis case (which has yet to hatch so I’m not sure if it will – but still, so cool!). And I started a nature journal myself. 🙂
My kids love the outdoors! We would love to win this.
HI! Our favorite nature study this year was probably either walking sticks or the spiders. We were able to find about 5 walking sticks and we also got up close and personal with an orb spider and a black widow (ick). Nature study is one of our most enjoyable times! 🙂
Crystal M says
Making a volcano with our kiddos. They loved it!
just enjoying the fishing and planting season
My favorite moment was when my Kinder took her bird identifying book to the homeschool group activity at the park. Her and a couple friends chased a goose all over, trying to get close enough to identify it and flipping through the pages, arguing over what it could be.
Thanks for the great info and giveaway!
ANGELUE HAMILTON says
My favorite nature moment has been watching my 3 and 5 year old girls observe/be freaked out by a large millipede crawling around the patio with sounds of “oooh” in amazement and then shrieks of “aaah” in terror when it would move.
My favorite science moment was visiting a butterfly show.
Beth G says
We recently discovered a robin’s nest in a bush at our church. The eggs were just beginning to hatch! We watched the process unfold a little and have checked up on them several times since then. It’s so much fun to watch them grow!
Tammy Jones says
We watched baby robins hatch. The kids are LOVING it!
Taking my girls to the beach for the first time this summer to explore shells.
Jenifer S says
Would love to do the hummingbird study with son when we camp in N GA. Lots of hummingbirds to observe at our friend Miss Evelynn’s home. 🙂
I LOVE when my 3 year old sees an insect in our yard and leans right in to investigate…sometimes i think he’s going to inhale it….lol! Thanks for this giveaway!
Making worm jars was a blast!!
Our favorite moment was watching three deer mosey through our new backyard.
My favorite science moment this year was experimenting with yeast and how it reacts to different things.
Nikki Hinkle says
My favorite nature moment was a pond study we did a few years ago. We found tadpoles and watched them change into frogs. Great experience for the kids. Thank you for this giveaway. I’m really excited about your printables. My preschooler is starting her ABC next year and I’ve been planning away for a letter of the week. 🙂
Jen K says
One of my favorite science moments was watching my little ones release our butterflies. They loved watching them grow from tiny caterpillars and then be able to set them free.
Monica S says
My tiny preschoolers enjoyed learning how to purify water with charcoal, sand, and rocks in a 2 liter! Thanks for the giveaway.
When my son requested to go to the nearby Arboretum for Mother’s Day.
Jessica Medina says
It is our first year homeschooling. All our crazy science experiments have been memorable!
We’ve had so many. We love to go to the science museum, watch science dvds, read science-based books, and to watch and play outside. He makes his “observations” all the time, especially at the park with the ducks and the fish!
Shecki @ Greatly Blessed says
Probably our rainbow science. But we also had fun with watching herbs jump from sound vibrations. And watching birds in the back yard.
Learning about growing this from seeds. Plants.
My favorite moment was when I was walking with my six-year-old daughter and she was teaching me the names of the different birds, something I had never been interested in until she took an interest.
Sadly, we have not done enough of this this year. I am having high hopes for summer though 🙂
Tiffany DeOs says
Making snow with the kiddos.
Clarissa Hooper says
Investing the properties od melting ice. I would love to win this to continue our nature studies though!
Our favorite nature moment was going to a local farm to feed the cows and horses. We also got to see a host of other critters and animals while there.
In the beginning of the year we worked with different chemical reactions like baking soda and vinegar but the kids really loved Elephant toothpaste (http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/elephants-toothpaste/) ! They felt that it was warm and touched the foam. They wanted to do this experiment again and again!
Angela @ Joy Focused Learning says
My daughter has been fascinated with flowers this year. I love seeing her eyes light up when she spies a wildflower and runs over to check it out!
Trish @ A House Upon The Rock says
Our favorite nature outing was by far our 2 mile hike at Glimmerglass State Park in beautiful upstate NY. I grew up in the area and loved this park when I was young. We live in Colorado now, so my children got a chance to wander through a totally different forest ecosystem and see different animals that we don’t have in the Rockies.
Recently started homeschooling and would love to add nature study!
Watching my little ones’ amazement as the flowers bloomed. So. awesome.
We have a new childrens’ gardem that has been so fun to explore. We’ve learned about earth science, the power of water, and explored fun mazes.
My fav nature study moment this past year was watching my son explore butterflies up close with a magnifying glass.
Yahiliz Seiltgen says
We’ve had a lot of nature study opportunities recently. Whenever we encounter a creature in our everyday lives, we stop and observe and then head home to study more about what we saw. So far this week we moved a turtle from the street, saw an alligator in the bushes by the swimming pool and held a lizard with its tail cut off for about 15 minutes. Thanks for the great giveaway!
I love that my children nearly always notice the moon when we go out.
Krista B says
When my daughter and I built our fairy garden in our backyard it was neat to see there faces light up. Also we went bird watching with a book we had from a friend and made drawings of all the books we saw. Loved it
My 3 1/2 year old anxiously awaits the return of the hummingbirds. He loves to sit on the bench on our front porch and watch them visit our feeders, although he was never able to sit still enough or quiet enough last year.
My favorite nature moment was when we learned about how seeds travel and the kids excitedly pointed out traveling seeds on our nature walks.
I’d love to start exploring science with my four year old next year!
My favorite time was planting seeds of flowers with my 3 kids ( 4, 3 and 1) and watching them grow every day. When the flowers came out we had allot to see! We had bees every day, butterflies and hummingbirds (we live in Curacao). We took some really AWESOME pictures of the hummingbird with its beek in the flower, really awesome. The kids loved to water the plants every morning and I had a great time with them and amazing pictures as a memory. So, it was nothing curriculum planned or so but just enjoying time together outside and planting plants.
Bees! A swarm of bees set up in our yard, and now whenever my 18-month-old sees or hears any bug, she shouts “bee!”
Think this would be fun for my youngest.
My son has been enjoying watching the storks who return to our area every year to nest. I’d like to encourage his natural interest in nature and these look like some great tools!
How wonderful. My daughter adores watching the hummingbirds zip around our yard.
My favorite nature moment is when my son watches the birds outside and tells me the names of the ones he sees.
This sounds great. We just started a nature study at the end of the year. I am looking for ways to Involve my tot.
We’re growing plants from kitchen scraps right now. Thanks for the giveaway!
My favorite nature/science moments are the simple moments that arise from going on a walk with my four year old. We have watched birds, studied ant hills, listened to crickets, smelled flowers, and collected several sticks and rocks. Seeing the sense of wonder on my child’s face as we explore nature is my favorite part.
we love studing about cardinals — we read, disscuss, draw pictures and observe them
My daugter is 2 and loves bugs – all bugs. With the emerging of boxelder bugs this last month – she has found many little “pets” to dote upon. I am glad when she finds them in the house and insists on freeing them outside. 🙂
Les Johnson says
My daughter has been interested in learning about birds this year. She can already name birds just by looking at them. It is great watching her enjoy learning.
Katey Howes says
My 3 girls and I (ages 8,6,4) have lots of nature fun close to home, but our best moments this year took place during a spring vacation to Mexico. Our resort had beautiful natural surroundings, and lots of wildlife. Every afternoon around 3, a group of white nosed coati foraged beneath and in the trees just off our patio. We spent lots of time observing them with and without our binoculars, looking up everything we could about them online, and yes, even checking out their tracks and scat!
Jennifer Shelton says
Explaining to my son how thunderstorms work 🙂
Our favorite science moment this year was when our children realized the expanse of outer space. They were in awe to learn that our earth is spinning (and yet we don’t fly off), the moon spins around the earth, and the earth spins around the sun. It was great sharing God’s awesome design with them!