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    How to Make a Nature Display

    As summer starts to wind down, we are spending as much time outdoors as possible. During our many excursions we love to collect natural treasures. A fun way to keep the explorations going, upon our return home, is to create a nature display.

    The process of sorting through your findings offers a great opportunity for children to reflect their experiences, ask questions, and initiate deeper research.

    Below are some tips and resources for creating nature displays that invite children to take their discoveries to the next level…


    Scientific Method

    Science Labels I (can be printed on 5366 Avery labels)

    Science Labels II (can be printed on 8660 Avery labels)


    Inspiring Nature Displays…

    Collection from Nature

    Nature Table

    Nature Shadow Box

    Framed Nature Collections


    Favorite Field Guides for Kids…

    Golden Guides

    Peterson First Guides


    Folding Guides

    Pocket Guides


    For more video-based science activities and printables try our Backyard Science Investigations eLesson



    With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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    1. The displays your daughters made are lovely. We are excited to add your Backyard e-course to our science curriculum this year! Thanks for the wonderful back to school sale earlier in the week.
      Sarah M

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