Why do leaves change color in the fall?

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It’s a question we have all been asking since we were little- why do leaves go from green to red, to orange, or to yellow in the fall? Well, there are 3 factors that influence this spectacular change: 1. pigments in the leaf, 2. the decreasing length of the day and sunshine, and 3. weather. As our nights grow longer, days grow shorter, and the temperatures get cooler, a biochemical process is taking place in the leaves of deciduous trees……..

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Star Flower Constellation Activity

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Did you know that the Latin word “aster” means star? Can you see why? Just look at those lovely little blooms and it becomes obvious- the little ray-like petals look like sprays of light surrounding a little yellow twinkle of a star. Learning the meaning of this little flower’s name really inspired me; it inspired me to make constellations out of the flowers. Making constellations out of aster is not only a great way to learn the star formations, but it’s pretty too. Stars and flowers, you can’t get much better than that!

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Dried Herbal Bouquets

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I find that fall, due to the mild weather it brings, is a perfect time to go outside and collect plants. Though summer is more recognized for it’s flora, some plants, such as goldenrod, bloom exclusively in the fall. Going outside and seeing how nature changes from season to season can be magical, even just a short walk can bring many gifts. I love to gather flowers on my walks so I can hang pretty herbal bundles in my room, they are little bits of fall to enjoy when the cold, gray winter months hit.

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Suspension Glitter Pendants

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Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I thought that I would make some glitter pendants for my cousin and sister. They love pink, so pink glitter was an obvious choice to use in the pendants. Glitter pendants are not just pretty but a great way to teach about suspension as well.

Supplies to Gather:

-glitter
-glass jar with cork stopper (I bought mine from amazon)
-corn syrup or vegetable glycerin
-eye screw
-cording

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Bubble Science and Recipes

What is it about bubbles that is so captivating to the young and old alike? Is it their beauty that is there for only a brief moment? Is it that they float with little effort before hitting the ground? Or is it their simplicity? I think Grover from Sesame Street explains the love of bubbles best in his poem- “Ode to a Bubble”

Little bubble round and fair,
Floating slowly through the air,
The wind blows you hither yon,
Then you POP-
You are all gone!
You last for a teeny while,
But while you do,
you make me SMILE.

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diy mini moss garden using tea cups or vintage planter

Hi there, with the warm spring and summer months upon us, you can always count on a beautiful green carpet of moss to welcome the warmer seasons!

Moss facts: moss is important to the survival of many tiny creatures and many types of birds find it useful for their nests. One interesting fact about moss is that it contains a special chemical that keeps reindeer’s blood from freezing so they eat it on a regular basis. Moss has the ability to “desiccate” meaning they can dry out for a long period of time without dying.

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moss garden in a vintage planter

Making a moss garden is easy! Go outside in your yard and find some goodies to put in your little garden.

We used:
tea cups and vintage planters
seed starting soil
moss (we have a large area of moss in our yard found on the north side of our house, moss grows in damp places with little sun)
various nature items

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supplies for mini moss garden

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mossman in a milkweed boat

Directions for the moss garden:

1. Put seed soil into the teacup, don’t fill it to the top, leave room for the moss.
2. Lightly mist the soil so it is wet, not drenched.
3. Add your layer of moss.
4. Mist the moss.
5. Have fun decorating your moss garden.
6. Put your moss garden in a windowsill where it receives a little bit of sunlight, they like shade so keep that in mind. Mist it a few times a week keeping the soil moist but not drenched. If it dries out, place the moss in bowl of water for an hour and it should spring back to shape.

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For more moss related activities visit: moss graffiti  or marimo moss ball terrarium.

That’s all, Lisa