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Fight Cabin Fever: Take a Hike at Fontenelle Forest

The end of winter is in sight! We've fought cabin fever at Fontenelle with Family Sundays, Snow Shoeing, Clubs and Mud Pies, but one of our favorite cabin fever relievers is the wonderfully simple, going for a walk.

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Join us for Hands-on-Habitat

This year, the first days of spring at Fontenelle Forest will bring more than nice weather – they also mark the kick-off of a brand new program called Hands-on-Habitat, designed especially for children ages 0-5 years old and their parents. 

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Earlier this week, my preschooler and I made these awesome alphabet magnets out of perler beads. They're so cute and functional, I've been dreaming up lots of ways for us to use them in our play! This morning we decided to submerge them in a bin of water and gravel and go fishing!

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We've been dreaming about summer, running through the sprinkler, road trips to the beach, and lots of lazy days at the pool. Can you tell we love water? Since it's too cold for those activities yet, I've been trying to come up with lots of water play ideas for the kids and our daily tot trays have been quite the source of inspiration! Most days I set up some sort of learning activity for each kid on their own tray that they can play with by themselves. This allows me to get a few chores done in the morning without the kids underfoot, and they're happily engaged at the same time! 

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I'm always amazed by the myriad of preschool skills that are involved in creating any one project. What started off as a simple suggestion from my (almost) four year old to play with the perler beads turned in to an epic craft! Fine motor skills were used, the color spectrum and alphabet were practiced, life skills were learned. All in all, it was quite the crafting journey for my preschoolers this morning!

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Fight Cabin Fever: Mmm! Mud Pies! Served up by Fontenelle Forest

How's that Cabin Fever? Still need some opportunities to fight it? Fontenelle Forest has a great activity for preschoolers and their parents or guardians to try their hand at creating some scrumptious fun.

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We've been having fun with lots of different artistic science experiments lately, and this beautiful marbled milk experiment is no exception! I first remember doing this for an elementary school science fair, so long before the days of Pinterest this fun activity has been amazing kids! With only three ingredients involved, this is a great winter boredom buster with a few learning objectives thrown in to boot!

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We've been having fun with lots of different artistic science experiments lately, and this beautiful marbled milk experiment is no exception! I first remember doing this for an elementary school science fair, so long before the days of Pinterest this fun activity has been amazing kids! With only three ingredients involved, this is a great winter boredom buster with a few learning objectives thrown in to boot!

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It's snowing outside, 15 degrees with a wind chill that makes it feel even colder. Why am I talking about gardening-right? Why am I talking about gardening-right? This is the PERFECT time to start planning your spring garden! Get your children involved too!

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Fight Cabin Fever: Clubs at Fontenelle Forest

We're continuing our series of Fighting Cabin Fever at Fontenelle Forest with club opportunities at the forest. In our past posts we looked at Family Sundays and Snow Shoeing the trails. But perhaps meeting a like-minded group of people is the remedy you and your kids are looking for?

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Name three things that come to mind when you hear Valentine's Day... flowers, chocolate, and jewelry right?! The kids and I have already made a pretty bouquet of coffee filter flowers and we've baked plenty of chocolate treats recently, so I thought it would be fun to finish out our Valentine's Day projects by making some jewelry. We made our own beads, painted them pretty, and learned all about the color spectrum and different color gradients!

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Snow is beautiful and fun for kids of all ages to play in. Bring this fun indoors with these snow-themed activities! Plus, most of these activities only need a few supplies that you may already have around the house. We tried several of them during the recent snow day, and are excited to try out the rest this winter!

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We have made a lot of garlands lately, we did popcorn for Christmas and leaves for Thanksgiving, so I thought we ought to make a new one to hang up for Valentine's Day. I like to sew in my spare time (what's that?), and when I actually have time to work on a project, Rora and Gray are always right there with me "helping" with little jobs like removing pins or sorting buttons (sometimes I make up "jobs" for them... shh don't tell). Since they're in such a fun phase where they like to do what I do, I thought it would be fun to work with them on a beginning sewing project and see if we could craft a felt heart garland together.

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Fingers. Toes. Peek-a-Boo. Taste of a banana. Sound of a bird. Feel of the carpet. Sight of mom.

I love watching little humans discovering and experiencing things for the first time. It's all a wonder. The little girl in this video is experiencing rain for the first time. It looks like she wants to hug all the droplets :)

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Fight Cabin Fever: Snow-Shoeing Trails at Fontenelle Forest

We're continuing our list of activities to fight cabin fever outside at Fontenelle Forest. Last time we covered Family Sundays; this time we'll take a look at an active side of the forest with snow-shoeing.

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