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Calendar of Firsts Week 8


Our first garden frog of the year!

The Alder cones are not new at all, but I wanted to record them again as we collected them this week and I used them to make up a beautiful batch of dye.

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Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 21st December

Today’s Reading

Luke 2:1-3 ESV

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town.

Today’s Activity

This week’s theme in Exploring Nature With Children is the winter solstice, which occurs today! This day marks the turning point, and the days begin to grow longer again and the nights shorter; we are on our way back to summer!

Take a walk with your child, to your favourite nature spot, and discuss the changes in the light and the weather, plus the reason behind the solstice, at a level appropriate for your child. Enjoy the Solstice together.

We always like to strew seeds for the birds, and put suet ball feeders in the trees when we visit our special nature spot.

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.

Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 19th December

Today’s Reading

20 Luke 1:76-79 ESV

Zechariah continued “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Today’s Activity

Get out in the fresh air today for a brisk walk with your child and look for signs of winter ~ The Winter Solstice is fast approaching.

Here are some to get you started:

  • The pale winter sun, low in the sky
  • A nibbled evergreen cone
  • Birds’ nests visible in the bare trees

Remember to warm up with mugs of hot chocolate when you return home, and discuss what you have seen.

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.



Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 18th December

Today’s Reading

Luke 1:67-69 ESV

And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”

Today’s Activity

Today we will take the rocks that you found on your walk yesterday to make paperweights, or small garden decorations. These will make lovely Christmas gifts for friends and family members.

  • Take your rock and wash it well.
  • Use a pencil to mark a design of your choosing. (The Christmas templates we used to make Christmas cards earlier on in Advent may come in useful again here.)
  • Use felt-tip markers or poster paints to fill in your design.
  • Allow the design to dry well, then if your child wishes, they can outline aspects of the design with a metallic marker.
  • You can then seal the design with a layer of varnish, or watered-down PVA glue if you want to make it more durable. If the rock will be kept indoors, this really isn’t necessary.
  • Display with pride!

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.

Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 16th December

Today’s Reading

Luke 1:61-64 ESV

And they said to Elizabeth, “None of your relatives is called by this name.” And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he wanted him to be called. And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, “His name is John.” And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.

Today’s Activity

Take a winter walk with your child today and look for interesting rocks to bring home.

Hint: We shall be using them soon 🙂

Enjoy their shapes, colours, and textures. Talk with your child about how rocks are made from much smaller pieces, known as ‘grains’. Each one of those grains was once part of another rock before being broken down, and reformed as part of the rock you picked up today.

Here is an interesting identification tool on the OU site: What Rock Is That?

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.

Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 15th December

Today’s Reading

Luke 1:59 ESV

And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child. And they would have called him Zechariah after his father, but his mother answered, “No; he shall be called John.”

Today’s Activity

Have fun in the kitchen today and cook up your favourite Christmas treats. One of our family favourites is Peppermint Bark. We have our own family ‘recipe’, although, as it is so simple to make, it would be better described as a method. You can find a similar recipe here.

Make a double portion and take the opportunity to share with a neighbour; perhaps an elderly person who cannot get out and about as much as they would like, and would appreciate some company, or a harried new mother, who will have little time for home-made treats this year.

Just remember; the goal is not to bake the perfect sweet treat, but to have fun with your family and to share with others.

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.

Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 14th December

Today’s Reading

Luke 1:58 ESV

And Elizabeth’s neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

Today’s Activity

Head out to your special nature spot and have fun making a natural collage right there on the floor with found items such as twigs, seed pods, rocks and stones, feathers, and any other natural items you find. Leave your work of art in place for other walkers to enjoy. Perhaps leave a ‘Happy Christmas’ message too?

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.

Nature-Themed Advent Calendar 13th December

Today’s Reading

Luke 1:57 ESV

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.

Today’s Activity

Today we will be making Christmas cards using the rubbings we made yesterday.

This a super-easy craft, that results is beautiful cards.

  • Take the rubbings you made yesterday and cut out simple Christmas shapes. Here are some printable patterns, but the shapes are so simple, it would be possible to draw them free-hand.
  • Glue a single shape onto the centre of a blank greeting card.
  • Outline the shape with a metallic marker for a extra-special, festive touch.

Enjoy the afternoon writing your Christmas cards, and praying for each recipient, as you sip a hot chocolate.

See you tomorrow for more advent fun.