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iPhoneography // An Impromtu Teepee

Backyard TeepeeGrowing up, my brother and I used to stay at my Baba’s (grandmother’s) house for a week or two or three each summer.  Being the phenomenal lady she is, she’d bring us into the forest, chop down what seemed like huge trees, and have us help her haul them out to create outdoor teepees worthy of side tables and mattresses. Our summer teepees are one of my very favourite childhood memories now as an adult, and definitely something that I’d like Gracen to experience.  While not nearly as grand, today we threw together a very quick little teepee after stumbling across some bamboo sticks.  Gracen was in awe of our new structure and immediately went in the house to retrieve her pillow and a couple of blankets.  It’s amazing how special a sheet and some sticks can be when put together isn’t it?  There’s no doubt that there will be many more of these in the weeks ahead (tutorial to come, for those who asked) and I can’t wait.

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{Muffin Tin} Spring Nature Hunt

Spring Nature Hunt Using a Muffin Tin | Mama Papa BubbaIn honour of Earth Day, Miss G and I took to the streets of our neighbourhood for a little spring-themed natured hunt today.  It was the perfect way to spend our afternoon…soaking in some sunshine, taking in the fresh air, and observing the nature around us a little more closely than we usually do.  

IMG 8423Beforehand, while Grae was napping, I gathered up a few things…  A muffin tin to serve as a collection receptacle, a print out of nature item tags sized to fit in the bottoms of muffin cups, some scissors, and some tape.

Screen Shot 2013 04 20 at 8 53 38 PMIn order to create my tags (which were printed on paper from our recycling bin…hence the holes), I simply created 12 circles sized to fit in our muffin tin (4.5 centimetres in diameter for ours), found some clipart via Google Images, and added some text.  

Muffin Tin Nature Hunt | Mama Papa BubbaThen I printed them off, cut them out, and stuck them into the bottoms of the muffin tin cups with small pieces of rolled tape.

Seed SearchingWhen Gracen woke up, she was eager to get outside and get searching.  We quickly went over the items we’d be on the lookout for and headed out.  First stop? The backyard to see if there were seeds underneath our plum tree.  Sure enough, there were!

IMG 8445Dandelions and grass were easily collected in our yard, and then it was off down the street to one of the few trees that still has blossoms on it.

IMG 8447After each new find, Grae would take inventory, decide on a couple of new things to focus on, and head in a particular direction.

IMG 8455This time she decided we’d better head back to the backyard to collect some flower buds, moss, and soil from the garden – success!

IMG 8464One of our last stops was to collect a few clovers from a little patch growing through some brickwork in the front of the house.

IMG 8466At this point, we had done pretty well, but as hard as we’d looked, we hadn’t yet found a mushroom or a feather.

IMG 8482We decided we’d take a little break in order to some sidewalk chalk art, and Gracen would ask Papa to take her out again once he returned from work for the evening.  Low and behold, they returned with the entire tray full!

IMG 8486Gracen really enjoyed this activity and we’ll definitely be using the muffin tin method in games and hunts in the future.  It gave a clear visual of what was needed and what had been found, our items stayed in place and were organized, and Grae really liked everything having its own spot and filling up the entire tray. 

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