Now that the heat of summer is fully upon us, there’s no doubt that outdoor play and exploration is more enjoyable when it involves a body of water! Whether you’re splashing in a creek, diving into a lake, or wading in the ocean waves, July is a great time to learn about these unique ecosystems and the creatures who call them home. These eight great books offer the perfect framework for doing just that…Read More
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the official start of summer, as well as the longest day of the year.
With warmer temperatures and more hours of daylight, there’s ample opportunity to get outdoors, explore, and truly make the most of the season.
Here are five of our favorite ways to celebrate the summer solstice…Read More
Warm, sunny days and evenings full of fireflies have us wanting to spend every second of free time outdoors this month! June is a great time to celebrate the arrival of summer and the explosion of insect life that accompanies it, and these eight great books offer a perfect framework for doing just that.Read More
The beginning of May is especially beautiful in our neck of the woods. Leaves emerge on trees, the grass seems to spring up another inch every day, and the seeds we’ve planted are all sprouting happily in the garden.
With so much new plant growth, it’s the perfect time to dive in to some basic botany exploration, and these eight great books offer a perfect framework for doing just that…Read More
Nicolette Sowder is the creator of Wilder Child and the Wildschooling movement. Her online community is an incredible source of inspiration for parents and educators alike. As long-time fans of Nicolette’s work, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to conduct this interview. We hope you find this Q&A as interesting and inspiring as we did!Read More
The official start of spring may be in March, but around here it's often in April when things start to really feel "springy."
On warm days the birdsong is surprisingly loud, and the trees are filled with busy birds, many of whom are beginning their nesting season. April is also a damp month for us, with frequent rainfalls helping to bring life back to the landscape.
These eight great books focus on the themes of nesting and rainfall and offer a perfect jumping-off point for springtime exploration and investigation.Read More
Lizzy Rockwell is the illustrator of numerous books and games for children and is the author and illustrator of children’s nature titles like Plants Feed Me, A Bird is a Bird, and A Mammal Is An Animal. Lizzy has worked with her mother, the late author/illustrator Anne Rockwell, creating Apples and Pumpkins in 1989, and Hiking Day most recently.Read More
The spring equinox marks the official beginning of spring, and the date on which day and night are roughly equal in length. Here in the Northern Hemisphere the days will continue to lengthen and the sun will continue to travel higher in the sky, leading up to the summer solstice.
With warmth, light, and life returning to the Earth, it’s a perfect time to head outdoors as a family and appreciate the beauty and magic of the season. Here are five of our favorite ways to celebrate the spring equinox…Read More
After a long, cold winter, it's always a relief when March rolls around, bringing with it the first signs of spring!
There are few things that children love more than the chance to splash in puddles and squelch in the mud that invariably appears in my neck of the wood this time of year. There's something magical and invigorating about seeing life gradually returning to the landscape, and these eight great books all capture that feeling perfectly.Read More
As Rudine Sims Bishop first noted back in 1990, books serve simultaneously as mirrors, windows, and sliding doors, reflecting the reader’s own experience and offering insight and access to the experiences of others.
Exposing children to books that include representations of a diverse array of characters and experiences fosters inclusivity, builds self-esteem, and promotes empathy. Yet all too often, parents, educators, and librarians struggle to find children’s books that properly represent the diversity of children in their care.
With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of high-quality books that both portray diverse characters and support nature-based learning.Read More
Birds must use lots of energy to maintain their body temperatures. In winter, when insects and berries are harder to come by, birds are especially thankful for additional food sources. By creating your own pinecone bird feeder you can help out your neighborhood birds and create more opportunities for up-close bird observation.Read More
All too often we dismiss play as an extra, coming secondary to the more important work of learning. This is clearly seen in the drastic reduction in recess time for young children, and a shift away from play in the classroom, even at the preschool and kindergarten level. The problem with this mindset is that a growing body of research clearly demonstrates that for children, play is learning - perhaps the most important kind!
Taking play and learning outdoors on a regular basis isn’t just good for children’s health and wellbeing. It’s also been shown to build important cognitive and social-emotional skills and boost academic achievement. And children aren’t the only ones who benefit; added outdoor time is beneficial for parents and educators as well!
Check out our “Top 5 Educational Benefits of Nature Play” infographic for a look at some of the powerful advantages of outdoor play and learning!Read More
Karissa Akin and Kailey Gieck are the co-founders and sister duo behind Iksplor, a 100% merino wool clothing line for newborns and kids. Their mission is to create functional layers born for adventure, to help get kids get outside and stay outside longer! Iksplor is currently in the prototype phase, and Karissa and Kailey are excited to be building a community passionate about getting little ones outside in quality clothing that lasts!
At Wonderkin, we’re passionate about quality gear and highlighting female entrepreneurs and thought leaders working to advance the children’s nature play movement. We know you’ll enjoy learning more about Karissa’s story…Read More
While it's easy to write off winter as a season where there just isn't that much going on outdoors, we’ve found the opposite to be true.
Though the ground may be frozen and the trees may be bare, the changed landscape offers a fresh perspective for observation of the natural world.
These eight great books all help foster appreciation for the natural wonder to be found at this time of year...Read More
When you start digging in to data about children's health in this country, the findings can be a bit scary...
The good news is that many of these issues can be addressed without expensive interventions. Simply getting children outdoors on a regular basis to play and move freely can go a long way toward minimizing negative health impacts.Read More
If you've ever had the good luck to spot an owl, you might have noticed that it appeared to be turning its head all the way around! Owls have the ability to rotate their heads close to 270 degrees. How come? Because there's something unique about their eyes...
Humans and most animals have eyes that are round like balls. That means we can look up, down, left, and right without having to move our head at all. Owls, on the other hand, have eyes shaped like tubes. As a result, they can't move their eyes, and have to move their entire head instead.
By creating an owl eye viewer you can experience an owl’s range of vision firsthand…Read More
After running a nature-based early childhood program for the past three years, I find myself so immersed in the world of nature play that I sometimes take for granted just how impactful regular outdoor play is on healthy development.
But on occasions when I find myself spending time with young children who don’t engage in regular outdoor exploration, the differences are striking…Read More
In our neck of the woods we tend to get our first real snows in January, so it's the perfect time to pull out books that capture the magic of snowfall from a range of perspectives. I find that the richest learning occurs when children are presented with a combination of fact and fiction, helping deepen their naturalist knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts while also providing fodder for creative exploration and thematic dramatic play. These eight great books do just that...Read More
While it can seem like a quiet time of year, there are still plenty of opportunities for winter wildlife spotting, so long as you know what to look for -- and where to look for it. Many backyard birds, deer, rabbits, foxes, and other little creatures are still out and about during the winter months. Inspired by the activities in this box, bundle up, head outdoors, and start exploring the world of winter wildlife!
Here’s what you’ll find inside…Read More