Hello everyone! It’s a lovely bright shiny day hereafter our snowstorms of yesterday. Unfortunately, we did not make our art lesson as the passes over the Peaks are both still closed. So instead we went on a lovely snow nature walk and made some window stars which look amazing against the snowy backdrop!
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Our Snow Nature Study Walk
The girls wanted to check to see if the small lake in the park below our home was frozen, as well as catch a few downhill runs on their sledges. So we combined those things with a twig identification walk.
I find that winter is a good time to identify trees as they have very distinct differences. Without the leaves you are able to see the trees spread – an important part in identifying trees, the bark and of course being able to get up close and observe the twigs.
We used the Nature Detectives Twig ID idial to help us along. This is free to download from the Woodland Trust’s website and is such a great resource!
We saw lots of Hazel catkins, I was hoping to find some of the Witch Hazel female flowers but I think it may be a bit early to see the flowering twig of the Parrotia Persia species yet.
The flowering period is from February to March – we’ll keep an eye out for that, and a bit late to catch the Hamamelis mollis species which is autumn flowering.
What we did do was take a twig of what we identified as Ash. We have popped it into a vase of water and placed it on our nature table. We will wait and watch to see the leaves come out in the warm environment of our home.
Do you ever force branches of flowering shrubs indoors? Its another fun nature craft to include in your homeschool nature studies. We do it every year with different branches.
Around late February early March, when I become desperate for spring to arrive, I cut small branches of Forsythia and Magnolia from my garden and bring them indoors.
I place them into a vase of water and after about a week in a warm environment, they burst into bloom giving a lovely display. The Magnolia although beautiful is quite messy. It drops its flowers fairly quickly, but for the first day or two of the flowers being out, it’s worth it!
Window Star Tutorial
Making window stars is so much fun. Children just love how colourful they are and they look so pretty on your windows in the winter.
We’ve made them a couple of times, usually in January and February when the dark winter days begin to get us down. They are a great mood lifter!
There are lots of lovely tutorials out there, we used this one from Frida Be Mighty. They don’t give the exact measurements but I cut my rectangles to measure 11 cm X 5.5 cm. Garden Mama has a tutorial that gives a slightly different ‘shadow’ pattern within the star.
I found this YouTube tutorial if you prefer to watch it being done.
I just love how our stars turned out don’t you? They are so colourful against the snowy garden. A snowy nature walk followed by hot chocolate and a colourful craft is sure to chase away any winter blues!
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