The little ones and I gathered up some different types of dry pine cones. We had "girl" pine cones (sticky ones) and "boy" pine cones. Keeping it simple is best for 5 and under - too much information is well too much information. There is so much to learn about pine cones and I have truly enjoyed understanding these precious gifts from Mother Nature.
We noticed how dry and open the pine cones were.
We then placed the pine cones in clean water. We observed that they float!
We let the pine cone "swim" in the water for a few days. Some of them sank and the water started to get cloudy.
Vivian took the pine cones out of the water to dry - the water was cold and the pine cones were drippy.
To our amazement the pine cones closed up very tightly and looked much different than the dried pine cones.
We laid them out to dry and watched them slowly open up. It took a few days but was fun to watch the progress.
When the pine cones fully opened we made treats for the birds and Earl our squirrel.
I feel so blessed to share the magic of nature with my littles.