We like to hunt for treasures any time we’re outside.  We found lots of these under our crepe myrtle tree – so many that they turned into a manipulative.

I wrote numbers 0 to 10 on popsicle sticks and we took turns drawing a stick and counting out the number of  seed pods.  I got this idea from Montessori Beginnings, but I turned it into a game.

Later, when Bear is more inclined, we will use this game to teach addition – choose two popsicle sticks, count out each and then figure out the total.  I guess we were kind of indirectly already doing this, but Bear wasn’t very interested in “adding” her total number of seed pods.

How do you incorporate nature in teaching your child?

Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.