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Present for the earth: Head outside with a bucket or bindle and collect some nature treasures together. Take a moment to use all your senses to explore the treasures and share what you love most about them. Wonder how you could use the treasures to create a gift for the earth. Use dirt or snow to make a nature cake. Make a nature sculpture or offer glue or tape to attach treasures together. Once kids have made their nature present, offer a piece of twine to make a ribbon for the gift and invite kids to present it to a special tree, plant or other favorite area of your outdoor space.
Decorate a tree: Bring the festive holiday decorating outdoors by using fruit pods, leaves, pine cones or other treasures and some twine to make ornaments for the trees in your outdoor space. Or, use tape and nature treasures to dress up a favorite tree for the holidays. Read more about this activity here.
Promises to the earth: Perhaps the best holiday gift we can give to nature is our commitment to doing our part to care for it all season long. Talk with kids about how your family might be able to care for the earth this winter and use this template to write down a few promises to our planet. If you are celebrating the holiday with friends and/or family, pass around some cards and invite them to make promises to the natural world, too. Share your promises with nature by using twine to hang them from a special tree in your outdoor space or pick a spot to display them on a nature curtain.
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