Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nature Hunt

November 2, 2010

My kids get election day off of school.. Our city voted to increase our sales tax by 1% to pay for city improvements.  The extra tax money will go toward park improvements and some other things.  While I do agree that we have amazing parks and I'm very proud to be part of a community that is willing to invest in itself to become better, I would have much preferred a tax increase that supported improvements in education.  Especially at a time when our teachers are being fur lowed.. Anyway, no one asked me so, I decided that I was going to use those taxes for education one way or another.  And since another glorious break is upon us (hooray for no six a.m. alarm clocks!), I thought I would share our little activity in case there is someone else as cheap as I that is looking for a cheap way to entertain their kids during Thanksgiving break.  

taken on the bridge that runs through our neighborhood park
I do believe Chloe was spitting a piece of pine straw out of her mouth..

So, we did our civic duty and voted and then armed with a camera and a plastic bag, we took the girls on a nature hunt at the park.. 

 Our "Autumn Nature Hunt List"

yellow leaf
green leaf
red leaf

3 acorns

piece of moss

animal Hole 

animal tracks 


blade of grass



hole in a tree 


pine cone

smooth and shiny rock



something that doesn't belong in nature

y shaped stick

spider web 

unusual shaped leaf

brightly colored flowers

I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to find most things on our list.  

click twice to see it at it's largest

On the itinerary for Thanksgiving break:  A visit from the grandparents, Ribbon Christmas Trees, a trip to Lights of the South and did I mention, NO ALARM CLOCKS?