We first started our nature collection when my girls were very little. They would collect rocks and sticks, leaves and pinecones where ever we went.
The cure for boredom is curiosity, and there is no cure for curiosity.
Last spring we were introduced to Nature Pal Exchange and our collection of nature treasures quickly grew. We exchanged with three families from different parts of Canada, from both east and west coasts. It was such a rich learning experience for my children (and myself).
But then came a problem, after our last exchange and a trip to the west coast ourselves, our collection was out of control and a mess. I wondered how we could keep our collection and while still working towards a minimalist life. So I asked my very handy husband to build us a cabinet so we could display our favourites. I think it turned out really well.
If your family (it isn't just for homeschooling families) is interested in participating in the Nature Pal Exchange this year, their Spring exchange signup opens April 3-7.
Teaching children about the natural world should be seen as one of the most important events in their lives. - Thomas Berry