Gift Guide for Leaf & Tree Explorers


Encourage your young scientists to slow down and take time to observe the world around them. Our leaf guide, lessons, and favorite materials bring botany to life. The moment children recognize the veins on a leaf it forever changes the way they look at their backyard and neighborhood trees—raising awareness of the natural word and all of its diversity.

  1. The Tree Lady by H. Jospeh Hopkins
  2. Botanicum by Professor Katherine J. Willis
  3. Montessori Leaf Puzzle
  4. Leaves, Trees, and Bark by Diane Barns
  5. Hello Nature: Draw, Color, Make, and Grow by Nina Chakrabarti
  6. Magnifying Glass
  7. Playful Learning Leaf Guide Postcard
  8. Leaf Fandex
  9. Leaf and Flower Press
  10. 20 Ways to Draw a Tree by Eloise Renouf


Playful Learning: Field Guides


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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