Luke 2:4-6 ESV
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
Give your child a surprise tonight: after they are bathed and in their pyjamas, instead of reading a story, bundle them up in their snowsuit or warm coat, and mittens and bonnet, then take them for a drive around your neighbourhood to see all the festive lights and dressed-up homes.
Only two more sleeps!
See you tomorrow for more advent fun.
Next week will be the Twelve Days of Christmas in Exploring Nature With Children
“Tweet of the Day has been entertaining early morning listeners to the Radio 4 schedule every day since 2013, but this Christmas we will delight in an avian offering of the well known song Twelve Days of Christmas.
On the first day of Christmas so the song goes, a true love sent a partridge in a pear tree. As actress Alison Steadman suggests as ground birds, partridges are not known for their amorous arboreal perching. Why a partridge in a tree could have many meanings, but given the song is of possible French origin, the French or red-legged partridge seems an ideal candidate as sitter in a pear tree.”
To my dear American friends, wishing you a peaceful Thanksgiving.
It’s that time of the year, when I get to share some ideas for smashing presents for nature-loving children. I hope it helps to give you some ideas for nature-inspired gifts.
We are a diverse bunch here at Raising Little Shoots, with readers from around the globe. Please note that some of the selections may not be available world-wide.
Fox table lamp from John Lewis
Perfect for a child’s room, this beautiful Red Fox Wall Hanging is made from reclaimed wood by Pine Needles and Pins.
Be still my beating heart! Fairy House Kit by GypsyRaku
Brittany has very kindly offered a 10% off coupon to you for anything in her Esty shop: GYPSYBLOGGER10
A lovely sandpit, many of which can be purchased with covers to keep the sand in good, clean condition.
A beautiful stocking present, this Allens Hummingbird enamel pin is from The Knothole Tree
Bushcraft Knife Choice for Children and Young People by Barry Smith. This is a smashing article on choosing the correct knife.
Handmade Curly Maple pen or pencil for your child’s nature journal by Exquisite Ink
Their own quality tools encourage children to be diligent in their work. Gardening equipment from Myriad Online
Depending on your climate, you could give your child their very own fruit tree! Here is some information to help you
And perhaps the ultimate gift: Their own greenhouse!
Woodland Play Set by Happy Nature Kid
This is a real favourite! The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
The beautifully illustrated Bug Bingo
For your wee one who loves to pretend: Giraffe Ears Headband and Giraffe Tail Set by oKidz
Stilts by Myriad Online
Inspiration for hours of creative play! Tree Blocks Forest Friends by Treemagination
Skipping rope from woodforgeuk
A tent and the promise of an adventure! The family tent buying guide.
2018 Guide to the Night Sky: A month-by-month guide to exploring the skies above Britain and Ireland We have used these books for several years. Highly recommended.
The 5 Best Telescopes for Kids – super article to help you chose your child’s first telescope.
Bring the night sky into your home by shining a flashlight through these coins towards your walls or ceiling. Wooden Constellation Coins by From Jennifer
Annual Pass for a local aquarium.
Riding lessons. Here is good advice on choosing a place to learn.
Audubon Bird Caller Necklace from Lil Bellies
Why not combine the bird caller with this gorgeous book of North American birds? My Book Of Birds
And perhaps this beautiful birding journal from Tanglewood Hollow
I do hope that this list gives you some inspiration for Christmas gifts for your wee nature sprites.
Happy exploring and a Merry Christmas!
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Rosie’s phenology wheel for October:
‘Then came October, full of merry glee.’
Happy September, friends!
Here are our entries for June. A in previous months, Rose worked on her entry whilst I read from the June chapter of Roald Dhal My Year.
Rosie’s phenology wheel for June:
Robin’s eggs and the Summer Solstice