Learning By Doing

Bog Slog, Part 1

Bog Slog, Part 1

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive “Let’s go on a bog slog! We’ll get to see carnivorous plants and bee-tricking bog orchids!” Friends and family often hear me say that during early June....

Dandy Dandelions

Dandy Dandelions

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Yay, the dandelions are taking over! I thought as I glanced out the window one May day.Actually, I’m not crazy; I’m just kidding. Seriously though, I do...

Log Cabin Bird Feeder

Log Cabin Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder Contest First Place Winner View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Here are the instructions and photos of the bird feeder that my brother Jeffery Schrock built for your contest....

Rainbow of Flowers

Rainbow of Flowers

Flower Bed Contest First Place Photo © Joyce Tschetter. We recently had an opportunity to visit the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, and my idea for a flower bed was inspired by the Rainbow...

Bird Suet Recipes

Bird Suet Recipes

Suet TreatMelt together:—1 cup lard—1 cup unsalted peanut butterAdd:—2½ cups oats—2½ cups cornmeal—Raisins, nuts, birdseed “Zick Dough” SuetMelt together:—1 cup lard—1 cup unsalted peanut...

Mason Jar Ant Farm

Mason Jar Ant Farm

Photo © Jordan Roper/Dreamstime.com. Supplies Needed: Large mason jar with lid Small mason jar with lid (small enough to fit into the larger one) Dirt Sand Drill with ⅛” drill bit Piece of cloth...

Learn About Straight-line Light

Learn About Straight-line Light

When I was a boy, I enjoyed making tents. I liked to use covers to make cozy tents with rooms and doorways. So if you enjoy making tents too, you will enjoy this activity. I will give you an...

To Build a Log Cabin Wren House

To Build a Log Cabin Wren House

Editor’s note: In the March 2020 magazine, we published the winners of a birdhouse building contest. Each entry was to be a “Learning By Doing” lesson. Torrence was one of the winners.In June of...

Defying Gravity

Defying Gravity

Photo © Dreamstime.com. This science experiment is interesting because it defies gravity. First get a funnel and a ping-pong ball. Then set the ball in the wide end of the funnel. Using either an...

Oatmeal-Box Planetarium

Oatmeal-Box Planetarium

Cylindrical cardboard boxes, of the type at least one brand of oatmeal comes in, can be used for projecting beautiful images of star constellations on the wall or ceiling. Copy the constellation you...

Salamander Incubator

Salamander Incubator

Spotted Salamander eggs. Photo © Dana Atkinson. “Sooooo squishy!” George exclaimed as he cupped a grapefruit-sized salamander egg mass in both his hands.His chuckles caused the jello-like cluster of...

Frosty Bubbles

Frosty Bubbles

Frozen soap bubble. Photo © Don Komarechka. The clear globe with frost patterns caught my eye. I had to do a double-take. Just what was I seeing? Patterns of frost were wrapping a clear ball that...