Reindeer AVENTure

Monday, December 4, 2017

Reindeer ADVENTure log: Day 3

Reindeer ADVENTure Day 5: Letter "R" Tracing Worksheets


Link to the PDF: Letter "R" worksheets

Reindeer ADVENTure Day 9: Reindeer Card


Reindeer ADVENTure Day 9: Reindeer Card


ADVENTure log: Day 10 -- Migration

Link to the PDF: ADVENTure log: Day 10



Link to the PDF: ADVENTure log: Day 13


Reindeer ADVENTure: Day 11 -- My Boreal Forest 
Link to PDF project sheet: My Boreal Forest

Reindeer Wood Slice Project Sheet
Link to PDF: Reindeer Wood Slice

My Treehouse: Power Drill BASICS


I have big news for you, Treehouse Family! 

We were treated to a very special surprise at the Milwaukee County Zoo after my daughters zoo class. While we were finishing our class at the reindeer exhibit, we saw a familiar face talking with the Zookeepers. 

Santa Clause seemed to be a bit distraught. Three of his reindeer were sick and he needed three strong reindeer to help pull his sleigh. Ms. Colette, the reindeer's Zookeeper, had no problem allowing the reindeer to go out for Santa's big run. Santa's only request was that we needed to leave reindeer food. 

I thought how I could help and remembered that Gingerbread House was our new way to cook food and share recipes with our family. It's an easy recipe and really tasty too! So, please make the reindeer food for the three reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh from the Milwaukee County Zoo. It's up to you to help keep them strong for the big journey, Treehouse Family!


Reindeer Food Recipe 

Announcing: Gingerbread House Cooking School


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Please share Treehouse with your friends and family and if you feature us in your blog, please leave a link in the comments below.

To download project sheets and print at home: Right-click the image, download as a JPEG and save to your desktop. Or you can simply drag and drop. All files are 8 1/2" X 11" and fit any standard home printer.
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We would love to know how it went!

The Treehouse Family





The Fantastic Fox

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Team Treehouse - The Spencer Family
Fox Tracing Sheets
Link to PDF: Fox Tracing Sheets

Fox Anatomy
Link to PDF: Fox Anatomy

Watercolor Nature Jornaling
Link to PDF: Sheet of Leaves

My Fox Puppet
Link to PDF: Illustrated Instructions  Paper Bag Template


Fox Den Terrarium

Link to PDF: Terrarium Diagram

Gratitude Card 
Link to PDF: Fox and Turkey Template

When searching for information about Red Fox anatomy, I found myself wanting more. It seems that there are just not that many kid friendly anatomy charts available with information pertaining to tracking and anatomy together. 

Originally, I was just going to do a simple exercise where your child could just cut out the template and glue on the cotton swabs, but I decided that I had to set the bar pretty high and create something that truly captured the biological make-up of the Red Fox and a bit of Bushcraft. 

I just want to say that I just adore Bushcraft and I am always underwhelmed when I search for illustrated explanations of topics that I want to explore further. Tracking is important to understanding the habits and Biology of the Red Fox and other animals. This information helps your child connect with the subject matter and explore further when they are immersed in the forest school environment.

Cotton Swab Fox Anatomy Step by Step:

Gather your materials: 
  • School Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Cotton Swabs (not pictured below)
  • Pencil
  • Construction Paper (Black + White)

1. It will be beneficial to staple the Cotton Swab Fox Anatomy TEMPLATE to your child's piece of black construction paper. Do not staple inside of the fox template, but in a few places around the side. Your child will now be able to cut easily around the temple. 


2. After your child has cut out the fox from the template, they will have two foxes; one will be the construction paper fox and the other will be the blank. Your child can discard the blank, or color and share with a friend. 


3. Have your child glue their construction paper fox to their lighter colored construction paper, preferably in the center. They will want to leave a bit of room to add the tags and maybe draw a neat scene after the project. 


3. Now you and your child will need to decide if they want to do the beginner version of the anatomy or the more advanced. The more advanced anatomy is higher level (ages 10+), but I think with your guidance, you can really start to teach your child a bit of proper terminology + Biology.


4. Lastly, depending on the age of your child, you might want to cut different sizes of cotton swabs, so they can just jump right into the activity and explore the skeleton. Larger parts of the swabs together make great skulls and pelvis, while the smaller sticks are great for the ribs and bones. You can also bend the whole swabs different ways to re-create the spine, tail, and neck. However your child decides to approach the activity, encourage exploration and talk with them about how the skeleton is the framework of the Fox and without it, the fox couldn't run, jump, or play, just like them. 







Our Treehouse Nature School Facebook group is a vibrant community of nature lovers from around the world and we are all rooted in our love of outdoor education for our children. Join our free Nature School and get featured in our magazine! 

Please share Treehouse with your friends and family and if you feature us in your blog, please leave a link in the comments below.

To download project sheets and print at home: Right-click the image, download as a JPEG and save to your desktop. Or you can simply drag and drop. All files are 8 1/2" X 11" and fit any standard home printer. 

Share your pictures with us on instagram: @treehousemagazine
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We would love to know how it went!

The Treehouse Family

The Artful Owl

Sunday, November 5, 2017

For the month of October we studied owls. We dissected an owl pellet in our Facebook classroom and I did a LIVE Facebook demo: My Great Horned Bark Owl for our nature craft project. Unfortunately, my work schedule was a bit hectic with three large projects for Kiwico, and as a result, the owls issue was rather small. My apologies to many of you who were hoping for more projects and live video tutorials.

Our Facebook classroom (Treehouse Nature School) will be the hands-on space to share ideas and a special place where kids can share what they have created. When I was thinking of how I wanted to reach out to the community with my ideas, I knew that I wanted Treehouse magazine to be very child-centered. Each month I will share art and ideas from our "students" from Treehouse Nature School in that particular issue of the magazine.

Lastly, I will be introducing Team Treehouse. Team Treehouse is a family that has gone above and beyond in our classroom setting and has injected their inspiration and creativity into all projects and subject matter for that month. They are an awesome team and should be recognized. So, the family that has interacted with the magazine the most that month will get their own illustrated full page spread in that issue of Treehouse Magazine complete with stats and a half-page gallery devoted to their artwork and projects. 

As always, a big thank you to everyone that has offered ideas and solutions during the early stages of this journey. I am so happy that Treehouse has brought so many people from so many different cultures together to share in our love of nature and our children. You all truly make Treehouse an outstanding community to be apart of.

Please share Treehouse with your friends and family and if you feature us in your blog, please leave a link in the comments below.

To download project sheets and print at home: Right-click the image, download as a JPEG and save to your desktop. Or you can simply drag and drop. All files are 8 1/2" X 11" and fit any standard home printer. Or you can access and download the entire issue via this link in PDF format: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iRPBQW3VXXCACnDUZUlLrj3EBghYcoOh/view?usp=sharing

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We would love to know how it went!

The Treehouse Family



My Monarch Butterfly Garden

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Monarch butterflies are something that I never really considered until I was at the Milwaukee County Zoo with my family.

The Zoo has two very beautiful butterfly gardens full of flowers and native plants. While I was walking around with my girls, I noticed signs for the Monarch Waystation and the Monarch Habitat. I had never seen anything like that before, so I decided to do a little research. It turns out that the Monarch butterfly population has greatly diminished over the last decade. Milkweed and native grasses have been replaced with housing developments and urban sprawl. Monarchs need Milkweed to survive. 

I've included a nature craft activity, My Nature Press which goes with hand in hand with My Butterfly-sun catcher, which will require dried flowers. As for the finish-the-picture activity,
 'My [Monarch] Butterfly Garden', I am going to create a special thread in our Facebook group to showcase everyones butterfly garden. Really think about the flora and fauna in your area and let that shine in the activity.


To download project sheets and print at home: Right-click the image, download as a JPEG and save to your desktop. Please note that most printers are not borderless, so you might have to cut around the edge to remove that annoying white border. So, print out your project/parent sheets and get outside!

Link: My Monarch Butterfly Garden PDF

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We would love to know how it went!

The Treehouse Family


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