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100 Backyard Activities That Are the Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever!: Become an Expert on Bugs, Beetles, Worms, Frogs, Snakes, Birds, Plants and More Paperback – May 2, 2017
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“After reading this book, your kids will NEVER want to come inside ever again. Not only does Colleen Kessler capture the heart of your children with her child-centered language, she will also encourage them to think outside the box, stretch their thinking and dig into their inner curiosities through her captivating science-based activities.”
―Dayna Abraham, author of The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day and Sensory Processing 101, founder of Lemon Lime Adventures
“This is such an engaging book. Full of interesting experiments and projects, it takes your child’s natural curiosity for the bugs in their backyard and inspires them to wonder, explore and discover so much about the world.”
―Cathy James, author of The Garden Classroom, founder of NurtureStore
“Telling your kids to go outside and play just got a heck of a lot more educational. Colleen Kessler is an expert educator who understands how to make outside activities spark interest in science without stripping away the fun.”
―Allison McDonald, B.Ed, author of Raising A Rock-Star Reader, founder of No Time for Flashcards
“Nature is the world’s greatest classroom, and this book makes it easy to explore and totally fun. Perfect for parents and teachers alike!”
―Anne Carey, author and founding engineer of Left Brain Craft Brain
About the Author
Colleen Kessler is an award-winning educator, author, speaker, homeschool mom to four gifted children and the founder of Raising Lifelong Learners. She left teaching after more than a decade to write and speak as an advocate for gifted and twice-exceptional children. She’s written more than a dozen books, including Raising Creative Kids and Hands-On Ecology. She speaks regularly at homeschooling conventions, events and online webinars and podcasts. Colleen lives with her family in Ohio.
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The main goal of this book is to get children outside to explore their surroundings, although there are some activities (creating bug-catching nets, journals, feeders, etc.) which may be needed to be done indoors, perhaps on those rainy days, but materials could always be taken outside, too. She encourages children to think of hypotheses, theories, and record their observations. Even if specific types of creatures are not available in your neck of the woods, alternatives can always be used. Obviously there is an emphasis here on the icky and the creepy, largely because of their appeal to kids, and it's interesting to see my daughter repulsed by an insect, yet fascinated at the same time.
This activity book is divided into sections based on the type of items being studies (insects, birds, reptiles/amphibians, plants). The author's instructions for creating items to help observe these natural wonders are written as if she's there teaching the children herself. There are “Fun Facts,” aka educational sections to help children make better connections and learn more about their day's catch, and some “Funnies,” aka jokes and puns. Overall, I was impressed by this book as it is more than just paint-by-numbers activities but actually seems to establish a connection, at least in the case of my own curious daughter. I am hoping this book will help both of my girls not fear the not-so-pretty bugs and give us plenty of fun yet educational activities during school breaks. Recommended.
As a long time teacher I see creativity, discovery, hands on activity and a vast array of learning in an interesting and fun way !!
There are worm projects to butterfly feeding centers
Spider art and birdwatching as you also make a bird house from a milk/juice carton
Beautiful nature patterns from leaves to a pizza garden and a Magical fairy garden
the science topics the book is delving into are all Back Yard
RESOURCES for further study.........
the first set of sources are multiple participants some of which includes collecting data and reporting your info on websites designed to do so
eXCITING for the budding scientists
the second set of resources are amazing.......they give a website with a plethora of things to do from virtual field trips scavenger hunts and crafts ....booklists, documentaries to watch on nature ,nature science clubs and sooooo much more !!!!!
I LOVE the creativity!!! and the information that is added so young budding scientist can dig deeper and do soooo much more !!
an EXCELLENT buy!!!
a MUSt for those interested in nature and science
I hope I have helped you !
The book can easily be used for homeschooling along side a regular science/nature study. It's also the perfect thing to keep a child busy during the summer. The projects will appeal to a wide range of ages. I do think that kids under 9, will need some guidance with some of the project. My son also like the jokes and facts that are scattered through out the book. The bug section is his favorite.
My son is really enjoying the book and I like that it encourages learning through fun projects and experiments.