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October 2010 Blog Posts (38)

Homemade Honey Wheat Bread

You may notice a few recipes in my Children and Nature Blog. If the kids are well nourished, then they will have more energy and more stamina to hike, bike, climb, ski, and paddle. This recipe is a favorite of my own kids and I hope your kids will like it as well. I have been making it every week or two for a couple of years. This recipe is lactose free and uses only traditional, natural ingredients. The sweetness comes from honey, which may be easier to digest than table sugar or high…


Added by Nancy Bunker on October 13, 2010 at 5:26am — 1 Comment

The Power of the Children and Nature Movement in China

If we are visiting these sites, we already understand the power of this movement, to liberate our children, and ourselves, back into playing in nature. I am compelled to add to the proof at just how natural and permeating this movement is, in China. This is too long for a blog, but I can not resist sharing.

My vantage point is as an American mother raising two young children in urban China. We…


Added by Katie Scott on October 10, 2010 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Cairns and Castles

We were on a hike recently to Buck Mountain, near Lake George NY, and happened to find this good sized cairn near the peak. It got me to thinking about how kids just don't get much chance to build with natural materials. This particular cairn looked a bit like an ancient castle. What a great introduction to engineering. Small children piling up a few rocks in the garden as a focal point; older children designing more complex arrangements. Simple…


Added by Nancy Bunker on October 10, 2010 at 5:18pm — 2 Comments

Beyond Red Delicious: A Guide to Apple Picking

You managed to wake the kids up, feed and dress them, and mapquested your local apple orchard. What now?

1. Decide what you plan to do with the apples. For incredible apple pies, try to use a 50:50 mix of Empire and MacIntosh. For fresh and mulled cider, avoid the sweet dessert apples and go straight for the tart apples, the ones with tannins (Cortland, Haralson, MacIntosh, Granny Smith). For fresh eating through the winter, choose apples with a good storage reputation…


Added by Nancy Bunker on October 9, 2010 at 5:43am — No Comments

Six Myths About Inter-generational/Inclusive Fitness and Physical Activity

by R. T. Eady, M.Ed, NCC, Ko~Sha~Rey Rhythms Therapeutics
Oftentimes, when I speak at a conference in the USA or present my 3-Bs (Breathing, Balance and Bi-Lateral Coordination) seminars, I begin with a demystification of what Tai Chi is doing to bring body, mind and spirit together in a movement meditation. All the while underscoring why these holistic considerations are so important for both ends of the age spectrum…

Added by Randy Eady on October 9, 2010 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Learning to Spin Wool, a great outdoor project for kids of all ages.

I went to a local fiber festival last month. While I was there I purchased a fleece from an Icelandic sheep. The fleece was about $30.00 and will make lots and lots of yarn for many projects.

First step- buy good quality , well skirted spinning fleece. I like Icelandic because it is soooo soft. The fibers are a great length for novice spinners and the finished articles feel great next to the skin. Great variety of natural colors…


Added by Nancy Bunker on October 8, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Making fresh butter at home

So you plan to spend the afternoon at the local farmers's market. Are you interested in trying something new?

Buy some fresh heavy cream from the local dairy farmer. Pasteurized cream is OK. Take it home and chill it well.

Put the heavy cream in the kitchenaid mixer bowl and turn the mixer on to medium speed. I put some freeezer blocks near the bowl to keep it cool while mixing (about 1/2 hour or so) Stay in the room while the cream mixes and whips up. It will pass…


Added by Nancy Bunker on October 8, 2010 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

answer for Jessica

Hi Jessica, it was nice of you to leave me a message. What can I do for you?
Take care, Sharon

Added by Sharon Petersen on October 8, 2010 at 5:55am — No Comments

Snake Painting and Creative Nature Connection

My daughter and I painted with a snake a few months ago. Sounds crazy but its true. We like to create with Nature in all kinds of settings. To read more visit my June blog posting at: The Drive to Create- Artful Encounters in Nature…


Added by Lisa Lipsett on October 8, 2010 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

Experimenting with Last Child in the Woods

Note to readers: I posted this to my personal blog in August 2010 and just got around to posting it now at C&NN!

I gave Mother Nature a good laugh this week. After reading Last Child in the Woods, I made an attempt to return to nature with my children. For the past seven days, the average daily temperature was 103 degrees. If there is anytime of the year in Las Vegas that should be spent indoors, it is the month of August. However, in the…


Added by Kimberly Peterson on October 7, 2010 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Natural Classrooms to Educate Our Children

"State parks are outdoor classrooms providing environment-based learning for more than 500,000 kids annually. The parks are second only to our public schools in the educational opportunities they offer to our youngest Californians." From the Nature Conservancy.

Have you explored a state park recently with your child?

Added by Jane Saunders on October 6, 2010 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Snippet number eight from 'The Naturals', The Story of Rainy

There are ten stories within my book, 'The Naturals': The Story of Cloudy, Snowy, Windy, Moony, Hailstones, Sunny, Rainbow, Rainy, Starry and Earth. To be read to 4-10 year olds so that they may feel the connection with our Natural World. Once they can feel that our Natural World is alive and compassionate and looking after us all, they will want to look after it. Here is a snippet from 'The Story of Rainy':

'Whenever Little Piglet could sneak away from the smelly pigsty, he did. He… Continue

Added by Sharon Petersen on October 4, 2010 at 12:16pm — 2 Comments

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

October 16 and 17, 2010

Tremendous show at the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck New York.

Great day outside for the whole family. Watch sheep shearing, spinning and weaving demonstrations. Get up close and personal with angora bunnies, alpacas, llamas and sheep. See hand dyed wool . Learn to spin on a spindle and make your own yarn from scratch. Stock up on unique knitting and crochet yarn for the fall. Learn where clothing comes from,…


Added by Nancy Bunker on October 3, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

TREES Workshop at The Cabin Path

It was a morning of showers, but a forecast of clearing skies. Our TREES Workshop began. We met in the Gathering Room to discuss some facts about trees, and then we hit the trails as the sun peaked through the clouds. We saw the damage from storms earlier this year. We…


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on October 2, 2010 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

Mastering Balance~~Natural, Varied Terrain

by R.Eady, KR Therapeutics…


Added by Randy Eady on October 1, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Feet Talking; Hands Thinking: Encouraging Teachers to be Inclusive -- Naturally

by R. T. Eady, Foot Whisperer,…


Added by Randy Eady on October 1, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

TREES Workshp at The Cabin Path


Added by Sarah Crutchfield on October 1, 2010 at 5:42am — No Comments

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