It is that time of year again: time for the Fleck Family Backyard Nature Camp!
It was a long, cold Winter and the kids and I are ready to soak up every bit of the outdoors while the sunny skies and warmer days are here.
We’ll be using an ecourse that we used last year, the Backyard Nature Camp from A Natural Nester and Friends. As one of those “friends,” affiliate, and camp counselor, I feel like this is a really special, fun, and simple program for families looking to enjoy nature together and to recreate some fun summer camp elements at home – like a staycation with a nature study twist.
The kids excited to repeat their favorite things from last Summer, like solar oven s’mores. I’m excited to share some new activities and books with them that we didn’t get to in 2013.
This ecourse is chock full of ideas and there really was no way we could get to them all last year, which is totally fine. This is a fun, no pressure experience. And fun and no pressure is exactly the way I want this season to be for the kids. We’ve had a busy year. It’s time for some fun in the backyard!
To start off our camp experience, we did two things:
- we created a place to show off our nature finds
- we created some nature journals to record our experiences
For the first week, with an eye on our forecast, I decided to begin with the Rain theme. Luckily (depending on your perspective) the weather cooperated with us this week and we had plenty of rainy days for our backyard camp theme.
For our second week, the kids and I selected activities from the Bees and Wildflowers theme. We did a lot of walking this week, exploring our neighborhood and then branching out and taking a few walks in the woods and in other parts of town to see what flowers we could find.
We also made honey ice cream, started some branch weaving (which we will finish up this week), and took a color walk to find all the YELLOW that we could (not many yellow flowers, but we certainly found many interesting yellow things).
I’ve been a little lax about taking the camera with me and documenting our nature camp days, but here are a few cell phone shots that I put into a collage of our color walk:
If you want the details on the crafts, activities, and recipes in the curriculum, I’d encourage you to head here to purchase a copy for yourself.
Since we did my original rain painting technique that is in the curriculum last year, this year the kids and I put our own spin on Rain Paint after reading this post (which I found on Pinterest). We didn’t have KoolAid, but we had plenty of Easter egg dye tablets (thanks to my obsession with using them to dye yarn and play silks) and we found that they worked just fine, though you do have to be a little patient while you wait for the rain to fall and make your paint.
And those are some of the highlights from our first few weeks of Backyard Nature camp.
Be sure to come back to see to see what the kids and I are up to for weeks three and four. We’ll be checking out Sun Fun and An Edible Garden.