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There are actually hundreds of bloggers participating in this challenge to dig a little
deeper by posting on the same topic for 31 days straight
Throughout the month of October I’ll be bringing you posts about
“Exploring God’s Creation” Getting the Family Out in the Great Outdoors
Day #8 – “Everyday Exploring”
We’ve been talking camping for several days and I made up some printables to help ya
organize your camp gear – just sharing what I do to pack up the family for one of our
adventures. You can get the links at the bottom of this post for your files if you’d like.
Being an outdoor family isn’t just about camping and the
“#31days of . . . . Exploring God’s Creation”
is certainly not just about how to pitch a tent – you can be a family who explores and
celebrates God’s Creation without ever embarking on a camping expedition – although,
in my opinion- you’re missing out if ya don’t!
*Exploring God’s Creation can take place right in your own yard
Scooping up tadpoles after the rain.
We’re a family full of boys (even the dog is a male)Mommy is the only girl in sight-
which totally makes me queen-(Don’t think I don’t take full advantage of that little fact!)
With all the boys around – there is never a shortage of bug exploration going
on. They love to find and catch bugs!
It’s a perfect opportunity to zoom in for some closer examination.
– So, I’ve had to get over my girly tendencies to want to avoid such critters. Not an easy
task, but one that has added value to our family homeschool and has helped to inspire
a love of learning in the hearts of our boys.
TOTALLY worth it!
We recently upcycled a perfectly good
piece of trash box and turned it into a
“Science Kit” :
Read all about it here if you’d like the details
* A great field guide can make all the difference when identifying flora and fauna
We made simple labels to catalog our findings and it helped to make the whole process
more realistic and officially “scientific”. Live critters are always returned right back to their
homes of course!
. . . Unless they are pregnant scorpions named “Larry” – then they get a new home and
give birth to their offspring in my kitchen- but that’s a long story.
Btw- they carry said babies on their back until the first molting. Who knew?
Scorpions give live birth to 25-35 offspring at a time!
– I’ve come a LONG way baby-
Now that I have completely managed to convince you that exploring nature is a
let me just tell you – bringing bugs indoors is NOT a requirement and my husband did it!
The boys have this brilliant plan to sell scorpions to pet stores. . . . . I digress. . .
How ’bout a pretty picture!?
Would you believe this is a weed?
Arundina – Orchid like weed
I found the above little “weeds” in the yard and thought they were so pretty I gathered
’em up for my tiny little vase in the kitchen (next to the scorpion family – lol)
*Did you know that in Hawaii Orchids are considered a common yard weed?
I’m really glad I’ve taken the time to slow down and pay attention to the weeds
and critters right in our very own yard!
* You never know what kind of interesting flora or fauna are just outside the
door in your very own yard. You just have to look closely to see such beauty-
We sometimes pick up inexpensive nets, bug “houses”, and small magnifying glasses from
the dollar store. The boys will set off on an exploration (around the house) to find new
specimens to study. They like to carry their “scientific equipment” and tools in their back
packs while on expedition!
* Parental supervision is important to protect from poisonous plants
or dangerous bugs and critters
We take the time to teach the boys about the dangers and the protective mechanisms
that creatures and plants have – they know that these defenses are often hidden and
NOT to touch an unknown species without permission from mom and dad.
This little beauty was hanging out in our yard a few evenings ago:
Note the cool black spot with white in the center on the back of her ear? There has
been much speculation about the purpose this characteristic holds for the animal.
My husband- often my source for
useless interesting information-says that it is
common among female wildcats and that he believes it is so that the kits can follow
along behind her as she hunts in the wild.
I don’t know about you, but our family finds that fascinating!
The Shrike is a predatory song bird
This Shrike was seen in our front yard on the telephone pole. The boys think they are
super cool because these little birds will kill and eat birds, mice, lizards, and insects by
impaling them on sharp thorns.(I know it’s gross- but, they’re boys and they like it)
It was difficult to get a good picture on a bright day – from the ground!But, now the boys
know a lot about Shrikes and I don’t think they’ll soon forget. Everywhere we go they are on
the lookout for them.
*Paying close attention to nature around you can lead to some
wonderful lessons in Science, History, Art and more.
My 5 yr old made a picture honoring our Shrike friend
I love that he made it flying by our house because even though we love our big expeditions –
there is plenty of adventure to be had right here at home!
Job 35: 11
“Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth,
and makes us wiser than the fowls of heaven.”
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