The boredom bug hit hard at my house yesterday. To combat this elusive and cantankerous creature I had to pull out all the stops. We finally settled on painting but after I had set up the table I realized....we had NO paper. So I had the children forage outside for things to paint. The children found these awesome nuts shells under our Beech tree. They were able to craft the cutest hedgehogs, butterflies and turtles out of them....with a little help from mom:) We also studied the Beech trees bark, leaves, and fruit after we read about it in our Peterson's First Guide to Trees.