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Revisiting the Garden-Secret Garden Wednesday Nest-Building Fun

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The air today is filled with the freshness and promise of SPRING. This weather makes me look forward to several months of hiking, traveling and gardening.

Speaking of gardening, I want to take a look back to a wildly popular series I did earlier this in the Spring of 2016. Jump Into A Book readers loved it and I had a blast creating it as well. It was fun, fresh, and truly got everyone in the “garden” mood 🙂

SO, from now on, every Wednesday readers can drop by here and find some special happenings inspired by my book A Year in the Secret Garden. Like this award-winning book, I will be sharing crafts, great food, fun and laughter. Get ready to “meet me in the garden!”
One of the things I love most about The Secret Garden is that together, Mary, Colin and Dickon hold the key to unlocking the natural world. Through their struggles, triumphs, and adventures they unlock the wonders of nature and magic to us too.

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If you want to see birds,you must have birds in your heart.” John Burroughs

With the changing of the seasons comes new little visitors to our grade. We heard the croaking of frogs down by the stream and have seen an abundance of robins and other spring time birds.

Inside the pages of A Year in the Secret Garden, there was a very special bird that played an important role in the garden discovery. SO, to bring this part of the story to life I’d like to share how to actually build a birds nest! Today we’re going on a Springtime scavenger hunt  plus we’re making some edible bird nest yummies!!

Something To Do

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are always so fun. Take this fun list along outside with you and check off everything that you can find. Just remember not to take anything and leave it in it’s place. Have fun finding Spring.

Spring Scavenger Hunt

Check off the following when you find them:

  • Grass
  • Bird
  • Flower
  • Rocks
  • Leaves
  • Pinecone
  • Butterfly
  • Fruit Tree
  • Feather
  • Twig
  • Ant
  • Watering Can
  • Bike
  • Worm
  • Squirrel
  • Caterpillar
  • Bird Feeder
  • Vegetable Garden

Bird Nest Treats

Bird Nest Treats

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
4 cups chow mien noodles
DIRECTIONS:
1. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.
2. Combine marshmallows and butter over medium heat in a saucepan; stir until the butter and marshmallows have melted. Stir in the chow mien noodles, coat well. Butter fingers and press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the prepared muffin tin. Refrigerate until firm.

After the nests are firm, place jelly bean, Cadbury or malt meal eggs.

A View From a Step Stool has a great Build a Nest STEM Challenge for Kids!

Creekside Learning gets an A++ for this wonderful nest building activity using a kiddie pool 🙂

nest building

Want to enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden? A Year in the Secret Garden is over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. A Year In the Secret Garden is our opportunity to introduce new generations of families to the magic of this classic tale in a modern and innovative way that creates special learning and play times outside in nature. This book encourages families to step away from technology and into the kitchen, garden, reading nook and craft room. Learn more, or grab your copy HERE.

A Year in the Secret garden