Animals Your Child May See In A Wildlife Garden
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Animals Your Child May See In A Wildlife Garden

You have built it (the wildlife garden) and now they (the wildlife) are coming. So what exactly should you be looking for when the wildlife is beginning to make its way into your yard?

The creatures you see in your garden are going to vary greatly based on where you live and what you have planted, but these are some of the critters you can expect to see and what you should plant to see them.

Animals

• Birds (humming birds, hawks, owls, and many other kinds of birds)

• Chipmunks

• Squirrels

• Deer

• Woodchucks

• Raccoons

• Skunks

• Prairie dogs

• Coyote

• Foxes

• Rabbit

• Field mice

• Weasels

Do be careful with the creatures you attract, though. Your neighbors might not be too keen on coyote and foxes wandering around their neighborhood. But if you live in an area where that won't be likely to be a huge concern, then planting grass and seeds will attract these animals as well as many of the others on this list.

Evergreens provide cover from predators and shelter and nest. And since it will live year round you are likely to see more of this wildlife in your yard even during the winter months.

Trees and shrubs grow fruit and other food for many of these animals. Vines, flowers, vegetables, and other plants will also provide food for all of these animals.

Some of these animals are nocturnal so you aren't likely to see them during the day (skunks and raccoons). If you do see one of these animals during the day hours, then do not approach it and make sure to call your local animal control.

But if you were hoping to see more than just these animals in your yard, don't worry; you'll attract smaller creatures as well.

Insects/Reptiles

• Butterflies

• Ladybugs

• Bees

• Slugs

• Worms

• Snakes

• Frogs

• Lizards

There are many other reptiles and insects you might end up seeing in your wildlife garden. As long as you supply a great water source and plenty of flowers with pollen, you will see many of these different kinds of creatures in your yard.

So do step carefully through the brush in your yard and keep your eyes peeled for the slithering snakes and earthworms burrowing into the soil. Don't be startled to see lizards and frogs hanging out by your water source. And don't be surprised to see butterflies and bees buzzing and fluttering about on the bright and beautiful flowers you have planted.

It will be a utopia of learning about all sorts of animals and how they use the garden you have planted for food and shelter. So take the kids outside with a camera and notebook and see what you can capture the wildlife doing in your garden.

What wildlife have you seen in your wildlife garden?

You have been out in the garden all day with the kids. Or maybe it's a rainy day and you can't get out to work in the garden. Or perhaps you have just planted your seeds and want to create excitement about what's to come. Why not take the time to try some of these family friendly gardening crafts with the kids?

Bring a little outdoors in with these fun craft ideas.

Hairy Hairy Caterpillar

Make this and read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a fun and super educational experience. This is a caterpillar made out of grass. All you have to do is mix some potting soil with grass seed and pour the mixture into a knee-high nylon stocking. Section off the seed mixture-filled nylon with a pony tail holder. Make five different segments and tie together at the end.

Place in water for ten minutes and remove and place in a plastic bag overnight. Take it out of the bag the next day. Add some googly eyes and pipe cleaners for eyes and antennae and allow to sit on a plate in the window. Water every other day and before you know it grass will begin to sprout and you'll have a grass covered caterpillar.

Sun Catcher Spider Web

Create something decorative for your garden like a sun catcher spider web. With bamboo sticks, nylon jewelry wire, and beads you can create an eye-catching web. Wrap a piece of wire around the center of a group of about five bamboo sticks. Tie it off and spread out the sticks into an asterisk shape.

Now you can begin creating the web. Wrap another piece of wire around one of the skewers a few inches from the center. Thread some beads through the wire and move onto the next bamboo stick. Wrap it around the end and thread more beads and continue like this all the way around the circumference of the web. End where you began and trim any excess wire from the end. Do this again further out from the center all the way out until you are almost at the ends of the skewers, spacing each layer a few inches from the last.

You can create a spider out of the wire and some beads or just leave this as it is. Hang it in your garden and watch the light catch the wire and beads.

Paint Rocks

Collect some rocks from around your yard and decoratively paint them and place them in your garden.

Preserve Your Garden

As the season draws to a close, this doesn't mean you have to say goodbye completely to your garden. You can preserve the leaves or petals of your plants and flowers. Then you can use them to stamp on note cards.

To press the leaves, you can allow them to dry out by pressing them between the pages of a dictionary or phone book. Put the material between a sheet of newspaper and allow to sit pressed for a few weeks. When you are ready to decorate with your preserved leaves and petals, mix glue and water (half and half). Affix your pressed leaves and petals onto the paper and brush with the glue mixture. Allow to dry.

Backyard Bird Feeder

There are so many different ways to make a bird feeder. Using pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed is probably the easiest way. Or you could take a 1-liter soda bottle and two wooden spoons and make a bird dispenser. Simply create two holes along the side of the bottle towards the bottom and slide the wooden spoons into the holes. Put a small eye screw in the top of the cap. Fill the bottle with bird seed, place the cap on top, and hang from something.

These are just a few gardening crafts you can do with the kids to make gardening that much more fun and educational. What are your favorite garden crafts?


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