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Take Mom Outside for Mother’s Day (for the under 12 set)

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  1. Take mom outside, find a land snail on a leaf or in the grass, and watch it travel for at least five minutes. Measure how far it went. Give it a name. Or both of you can find your own snail and each make up a five-sentence story about it.
  2. Make matching nature journals for yourself and your mom. Staple together some folded paper to make two small sketchbooks. Decorate the covers however you like, give one to Mom with a pencil and join her out in the park or the yard Screen Shot 2018-05-12 at 4.40.15 PMand sketch a leaf,  a busy insect, or a flower together in your new journals.
  3. Express yourself. Make up one or two haiku poems about wild animals you and mom have seen together or about an outdoor place you know your mom loves. Write the haiku inside a mother’s day card.
  4. Take mom outside. Have someone take a photograph of the two of you in a tree, under a tree, or peeking out from behind a tree (or in all three places).

Have a great Mother’s Day.

*Photo (C) by Fresh Pond Feathers, reposted by Fresh Pond Reservation here.

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