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Poppins Book Nook- The Great Outdoors


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The theme for June for Poppins Book Nook was the great outdoors.  There is so much that can be done with this theme that it was hard to know where to start!  I had several library books about spring and summer and had planned to go with one of those.  But, Hunter didn’t want anything to do with those books.  Instead- he was interested in this one:

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Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond.  Hunter loved this book!!  (Our dog, Dottie, just so happens to look just like Charlie.)

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So, we talked about what it would be like to live on a ranch or a farm and all the planting and work that would be done outside.

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Hunter planted some (actually, A LOT of) grass seed in a cup.

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Hailey also planted some grass seed.

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They each also planted some beans.  We watered and made sure they got some sunlight.

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1 week later we had some growth.

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They continued to grow

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Hailey has given the grass several trims.

Week in Review

In talking about the great outdoors, we also did a fun unit all about worms and learned what they do for our earth and how important they are for our gardens.  I had no idea!  You can see a little more about what we did here and here.

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Poppins Book NookGreat Outdoors Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {}. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Fireworks Craft


This was one of those activities that is more about the process than the end product.  It wasn’t one of those crafts that turns out super cute, but Hailey had a lot of fun doing it… and Hunter had a lot of fun thinking he was doing it.

Fireworks Craft

You will need- 3 spray bottles- there is watered down paint in each bottle- red, white and blue.  You’ll also need black construction paper and tape.

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I set this up on our deck- I taped up the paper and put an old towel down underneath it.

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Then Hailey had a great time spraying the paper.  The idea was for it to look like fireworks.

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Hunter thought he was doing it too, but the top was still on the spray bottle.

It was fun, a bit messy and doesn’t really look like fireworks at all 🙂

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Let's Start Planting


Today we started our spring theme.  We started out by making a book about how to plant seeds and then we planted some seeds.

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Here’s what you’ll need: 8 planter shaped pieces of paper, glue, colored pencils and directions for planting seeds.

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Color the directions for planting the seeds.

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Glue the directions onto the planter shaped construction paper.

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Our completed book- “How to Plant a Seed.”

After we finished our book we planted some grass.

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Hailey scooped some dirt into a cup.

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Then she added some grass seed to the cup.  We are going to watch the seeds and take pictures of the process.

Fall Activities


Our theme for the month of October is fall.  So, last week we did some fall related activities.

We started out by going to see some real pumpkins.

Hailey looking for the perfect pumpkin.

Hailey looking around at a (somewhat empty) pumpkin patch.

We also looked outside when we went on our walk and while playing in the back yard for some leaves.

Hailey finding some leaves to add to her collection.

Then we made a leaf collage.

Here’s what you’ll need: your leaf collection, contact paper, scissors and tape.

Put the contact paper onto the table, sticky side up.  I added some tape to the sides to tape it down to the table so that it wouldn’t pull up every time Hailey’s arm brushed it.  Then add your leaves to the contact paper.

After you finish adding leaves, put another piece of contact paper sticky side down on top of the piece of contact paper with the leaves on it.  Put them together so that the sticky sides are touching, this will hold your collage together.

Then we did a fall painting:

Here’s what you’ll need: paint, paper, and some fall related items- we used a pine cone and a leaf.

Hailey painting with the pine cone.

We had another fall related activity, but it also relates to our shape and color so I am saving it for tomorrow.

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