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Bread Making with Books

Bread is one of the most common foods around the world. It’s a food that connects people across time, geography, and culture. Children can easily help make bread and nothing compares to the aroma of it baking in the oven. Learn about bread through these

Soil Jar Science

Learn what your soil is made of with our Soil Jar Science experiment! Materials: 1 pint or quart glass jar with a tight fitting lid Water Liquid dish soap Soil Shovel or trowel Head outside and dig a hole. Aim to go at least 6-8

Gaia Egg Excavation

Turtles lay their eggs in nests they build on land. Mama turtles dig a hole about 6 inches deep in loose sand, soil, or decaying debris. They lay 20 or more eggs in the hole and then cover it back up. After the eggs are

Clean Mud

Looking for all the fun of mud play with less of the mess? Clean Mud is for you! It’s as fun to make as it is to play with. Materials: White bar soap Roll of toilet paper Water Butter knife Shallow bin or baking pan

Muddy Habitats

Lots of humans of all ages LOVE to play in mud.  Did you know that there are lots of wild animals that NEED muddy places for their survival? When you play at Ithaca Children’s Garden, you have probably splashed in the bioswale, the wet area

Magic Mud

Get messy and make magic with this enchanted activity using household pantry items! Gather what you need: Baking Soda A cup a child can pour from easily A large bowl, metal pie plate, dishpan – something to mix in that you don’t mind getting dirty

Color Hunt

Color is everywhere from the blues and grays of the sky to the greens and yellows of the grass. For children, color is one of the first and most accessible adjectives to describe their world.  If your walks around the neighborhood need a splash of

Collecting a Journey: Telling the Story of Your Walk

Whether you’re taking a well-worn route around your neighborhood or it’s your first time on a new-to-you forest trail, you can collect items you find along the way to tell a story about your adventure. On your walk, collect items as you go and attach