Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Sand Globes

Photos of my husband and son making sand globes, from the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, 2013, at Stinson Beach, California.  Instruction was provided.  Apparently, once these are made, they’ll keep indefinitely, as long as they are misted with water daily.  We won’t be able to find out… my son had fun using the ones they … More Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Sand Globes

Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Beach Labyrinth

Photos of the labyrinth created in the sand, from the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration, 2013, at Stinson Beach, California.  Usually, these are made for meditation, but that’s not how my five-year-old used it.  He had so much fun running around and around and around the winding path.  Either way, the design was appropriate for the … More Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration: Beach Labyrinth

Stinson Beach: Play!

Saturday was the perfect beach day… not hot, not cold, not a bit foggy.  With such gorgeous weather, we couldn’t resist heading to Stinson Beach to attend the 9th Annual Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration.  There were so many fun art activities to participate in, I can’t possible contain them all within one post!  So, for … More Stinson Beach: Play!

Three Classic Backyard Games: Fun For Kids and Adults

It can be tough to find outdoor games that are truly fun for both children and adults.  Here are three of our family favorites….  Croquet, Bocce, and Cornhole.  My brother and his wife always have these games set up when they have parties at their home.  So fun! Croquet I grew up playing Croquet in … More Three Classic Backyard Games: Fun For Kids and Adults

Butterfly: Western Tiger Swallowtail

My brother and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this weekend with a lovely party in their backyard.  This gorgeous butterfly blessed the occasion with a fly through and settled on a flower just long enough to allow me to capture a photograph. Western Tiger Swallowtail Photo taken April 13th, 2013 Pleasanton, California

Milkweed: Caterpillar

It this actually a caterpillar crawling up the stem of a milkweed I planted in our backyard?  It’s only about a half a centimeter long.  But is it a butterfly or a moth?  We planted the milkweeds to attract butterflies…. Photos taken April 11th, 2013

Play! Blake Garden

Blake Garden in Kensington may be the best botanic garden in the Bay Area for nature play.  A favorite feature for my son is the Create-with-Nature Zone, which is stocked with sticks, rocks, flowers, and other nature items for kids to play and build with.  The second best feature here is the bamboo tunnel sculpture.  … More Play! Blake Garden