Depth Perception Walk

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It might seem like there’s less to seek and find on winter nature walks than in other seasons, but the opportunities to leran are still abundant! To wit, we had beautiful cold sunshine today, and used the walk to play with concepts of distance and balance for Veronika!

As we walked, big brother Travis and I took turns pointing out items that were either near (“These branches are so close!”)…

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…or far. “Those leaves are far away!” Travis said. “Let’s race to them!” I was so proud of his teaching, because the racing was his own idea, and helped highlight the difference between items close by and those we needed to get to.

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After that we played around with how fast or slow we could cover the distances. Travis loved leading Veronika with the trail of a stick in the snow, too, sometimes close to her…

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…and sometimes far up ahead. For some final fun on the return walk, we collected a few nature treasures (winter-brown leaves were the most readily available!) and lined them up like a balance beam in the snow.

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Veronika loved testing her balance as she walked along the line. Once the leaves scattered, she repeated the task but this time her footsteps took her in a zig-zag! All in all, these activities kept us warm and active on what could have been a frigid walk.

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DIY Bath Bombs

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Both my kids love bubble baths, so today we decided to mix up the bubbly fun with a homemade bath bomb! You can make this concoction entirely from ingredients found in your kitchen; look for citric acid in the baking aisle.

First, Travis helped measure out and stir together 2 and 1/2 teaspoons citric acid, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

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Add about 2 drops of food coloring (we used green!), followed by 1 and 1/2 teaspoons canola oil; the mixture is still crumbly at this point.

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Spoon into a small paper cup, then press firmly with the back of a spoon to pack down. Let dry for at least 8 hours.

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At bath time, tear away the paper cup. Toss in the tub and watch it fizz! Truth be told, the big reveal of the moment was a little less exciting than Travis had hoped for, but it still made for a neat bubbly reaction.

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