From seed to flower…

Last spring Dani and Nico planted some seeds.

The seeds grew into seedlings and we found a nice spot for them  in our backyard. As they grew into plants, the kids observed their growth.

Below, Dani is standing against one of the plants, just realizing it’s now taller than she is.

Wow, it’s much taller now!

A few days later, the plants were about 7 feet tall and the flowers began to bloom.

And after we got to see this beautiful flower unfolding in our own backyard, we decided to make our own.

Here is Dani holding her craft sunflower she cut from a paper plate.

Planting sunflowers was indeed a very engaging activity and a great lesson on plant growth. I intend to follow up with a lesson on the sunflower life cycle.

Butterfly life cycle

We went to the Environmental Nature Center and we came inside the newly renovated butterfly house. It was such a nice experience to observe the whole life cycle of a butterfly… I was able to take pictures of the caterpillars, the chrysalises, and of some butterflies.

At home, the next day, Dani and I worked on a butterfly life cycle activity. I saw this activity on this site. Dani was able to learn the nomenclature and understand the different stages of the butterfly life cycle. I guess she really absorbed the whole thing because, the following day, she was describing the cycle to her dad. This was great!

 

Learning about birds

We have a couple of house finches who built a nest right above our kitchen window. We’ve been watching them since, and I took the chance to talk to Dani about birds. I got this idea of building a bird nest using a lunch paper bag from Family Fun magazine. It ended up being a very fun and easy project. We went around the yard gathering branches, dry grass, feathers, and whatever birds use to build their nests. Below is the result.

 

Afterwards, she decided to try placing a toy bird and a plastic egg in the nest. So sweet!

 

 

Posing with her cute bird hat.