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Fall Changes Sing Along! October 29, 2010



I am very excited to announce my first ever Backyard Safari Sing Along! I originally wrote this song for a kindergarten class to help them learn about some of the changes plants and animals go through during the Fall, but I just had to share! This song focuses specifically on what bears, trees (deciduous only!), and birds (migrants only!) do as seasons change from summer to winter. For people who live in states/countries that go through these seasons, I hope this video will be a useful way to remember some important fall transitions. For those who don’t, I encourage you to make up your own examples and lyrics that match what you experience!

If you want to perform this song again at your own pace, here are the lyrics and the hand motions that go along with it.  Thanks for watching!


Backyard Safari Fall Changes Sing Along Lyrics

Spoken: First we will be bears:

Sing: When it’s warm (aaah sigh)

We eat all day (eating motions)

When it’s cold (brrrr! Shivering)

We sleep away! (pretend to sleep)


Spoken: Now let’s be trees:

Sing: When it’s warm (aaah sigh)

We grab the sun (stretch arms into air)

When it’s cold (brrr! Shivering)

Our leaves are done! (shake arms all around)


Spoken: Now we’ll be birds!

Sing: When it’s warm (aaah sigh)

We chirp and play (tweet tweet noises)

When it’s cold (brrr! Shivering)

We fly away! (Flap arms to fly)



Backyard Exploration the Video September 14, 2010

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What bits of nature do you walk by on the way to your car, into work, or to the mailbox every day? What secrets do they hold?What kind of magic is hiding all around us? My latest video hopes to answer these questions! This video is inspired partly by this earlier post, and partly by this unbelievable stop motion film.

This video is all about seeing beyond the surfaces into what could be! It was created using only natural or found objects, all of which were things that I just came across as I was walking around. I had thought about trying to plan the video, but decided it would be better to just be inspired by whatever I found on my walk!

Unfortunately I cannot host videos off of WordPress without paying $60 a year, so Youtube is the next best tool available. I would recommend making it full screen if possible, though, so the details are more visible.



In case anyone is interested in the “making of” details, I created this by taking about 300 still photographs on my iPhone, e-mailing to myself, and piecing them together using iMovie software. I recorded the sounds of myself walking on pavement, grass, and stones, as well as leaves rustling and acorns rolling around using the “Voice Memo” app on my phone, and then played them back to the computer.

If you are waiting for me to get back to a regular ‘ole post, please come back on Friday (or sooner!) when I will post my first submission to the Science @ Home Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.

I hope this video inspires us to look closely at the objects around us and see them in a new light. Blowing leaves, shadows, and even litter can hold a secret life that might make us better for noticing them. Is there something you see every day that inspires you? I would love to hear about it!

As always, I’ll see you out there!


Octopus Dines Out September 12, 2010

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My latest attempt at combining nature and stop motion video. In this edition of our “Dines Out” series, an octopus goes searching for something delicious to eat. Once sated, he moves on to look for bigger and better prey…



If you like this video, please check out the others in the series: Rattlesnake Dines Out and Raccoon Dines Out