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    ''...Lil Bellies, an online shop created by an adventurous LA mom, is the perfect stop to outfit your adventures with explorers’ gear made for kids. Scroll down for our favorite all natural tips, treks and tools from this inspirational family.

    The Backstory
    Claudia Didomenico is an LA mom of three, but she grew up on a small farm in Brazil riding horses bareback and going on adventures in neighboring fields. Those memories are some of her most precious treasures, so naturally she wanted a similar experience for her own kids. Living in a big urban city, like LA, the biggest hurdle Claudia noticed was the lack of freedom. “These days, even living in the suburbs, children can’t run free, explore or climb the few trees on the streets unsupervised. So I took it upon myself to take them to places where precious memories could be built and where they could grow up with the freedom to explore, create, discover and connect with the natural world surrounding them,” Claudia explains. “Nature settings are the best playground for children of all ages and one with endless possibilities of amazement and growth.”

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  • Birds Nest Activity

    Birds are beautiful creatures that are often all around us and rarely do we actually stop  to notice them. Their unique colors and shapes, songs and habits are impressive.
    One cool yet sunny afternoon, the kids and I were sitting on the porch when we noticed the beautiful song coming from one of the trees surrounding our house. The song was coming from a small brown bird that seemed to actually be talking to us.
    Immediately the kids ran inside to get their Bird caller.As if in unison bird caller and now birds began responding to each other forming a captivating song unlike any I have ever heard.
    Then and there a seed of interest on Birds was planted inside each of my children’s minds.
    Following the long conversation with the surrounding birds we decided to discover the names of our visitors with our Peterson First Guides to Birds of North America.

    Blue Jay was one of them and a favorite among the children due to its beautiful royal blue color.

    As we flipped through books about birds and their nests, the kids decided they wanted to try to build a birds nest of their own. As we are a media free home and rely mainly on books for research, we had to be a bit creative with what was available to us at that moment.

    So here is what we came up with !

    Birds Nest Activity

    What you’ll need:

    -From the Garden: Hay, dry grass, bendable sticks, moss, fallen leaves

    -Tin foil

    -2 Small bowls to shape the nest . (1 bigger than the other)

    -3 sticks of bees wax to be melted

    - enamel mug or pot to melt the wax

    The kids scavenged the backyard for fallen leaves, hay , grass, moss and anything that could be used as building materials for our nest.

    We used Alaia’s wooden kitchen metal bowl (the larger one) for shaping the nest and covered it with tin foil.

    Once the larger bowl is fully covered we placed our building material inside the bowl and arranged it as to make it look like a real bird’s nest. Note we used a bigger dry leaf in the bottom, than the hay  and other things on top.

    In the meantime place the bee’s wax inside the enamel mug or pot over the stove on low heat until it is completely melted. We had our Mug on top of the griddle as to melt slowly.

    Pour the melted Bee’s wax over your covered bowl and than using your hands and the smaller bowl apply pressure down into the bowl and straws then hold. As the wax dries the nest begins to harden and maintain its shape. You can place the bowl in the fridge to help cooling the wax faster if you want. We had to do that because the kids were too anxious to see the result.

    Once the wax is cooled you can peel the tin foil away and your nest will be ready!

     

     

     

     

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