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Nature Activity: I Spy Nature

From Mrs. Tuohy:

“Dear Families, 

Hooray! We started our seeds for our spring and summer garden this week! I will keep you posted on their progress. 

Ready for a little I Spy Nature game? 

I Spy Nature in the Seth Boyden Garden…

  • things that are decomposing
  • a pollinator
  • seeds with space
  • food for birds
  • a flower head from our 2020 garden
  • something ready to burst color
  • a sign that winter is ending
  • a tool for the soil
  • a seed that flies
  • a natural spiral
  • a seed pod
  • a fruit with vitamin C
  • a root for eating

Play with your children and make up some of your own clues. Create your own I Spy Nature Tray. I wonder what you will find outside your door? 

I am challenging myself to learn a new bird call with students each week this spring. Today we listened to the Northern Cardinal. You can hear it here by clicking here

Fourth-grader Callum Catts suggested we learn the Blue Jay and Mourning Dove next! Make sure you hear his Mourning Dove imitation if you see him around! 

Lots of love and happy snow melting! 

Mrs. Tuohy” 

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Celebrate MLK Day with a Nature’s Cake

From Seth Boyden Garden Teacher Mrs. Tuohy:

Make a batch of homemade playdough (recipe below).

Gather beautiful objects from nature. Decorate the play dough with the natural objects while reflecting on and celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Simple homemade play dough recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar (optional)
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • food coloring (optional)
  • ziploc bag, plastic wrap, or airtight container to store

Method

  1. Stir together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar (if using it) in a large pot. 
  2. Add the water and oil. If you are adding the optional food coloring, add it now. 
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the dough has thickened and begins to form a ball. 
  4. Remove from heat and place on another nonstick surface to cool slightly. 
  5. Knead until smooth and roll into balls. Cover with plastic wrap, place in a ziploc bag, or store in an airtight container.