It’s a brand new year of Wild Kids Magazine, with some fun new additions. We’ll be offering collectable nature cards in each issue of 2020, starting with butterfly fairy cards this year (real species of butterfly wings shown on drawings of ladies from the 1920’s). Later in the year we’ll have other cards like flowers, fish, animals and birds’ eggs.
For our botanical coloring pages, we’ll be offering herbal pages this year. Some will be herbs that you can forage, while others will be ones that you can grow in your garden or on your balcony or windowsill. They are still based on drawings by the wonderful Elizabeth Blackwell and there will still be two offered in every issue.
If you’re new to Wild Kids and would like to take a look at the 2019 issues, Ill be assembling links to them all on one page soon. In the meantime, you can just scroll through from the home page to see them all.
In the January issue, we’ll learn about foraging ground ivy, sage, sapsicles and how to do a nature box swap, among other topics. We’ve also included 18 collectible vintage butterfly fairy cards. As always, there are nature journal pages, a weather tree, seasonal nature poetry and ways to have fun with nature no matter where you live.
Here’s the link to the January 2020 Wild Kids Magazine, which is 22 pages this month. As always, you can read it online or print it out.
Note: If you want to print the butterfly fairy cards on card stock, those are on pages 7-10 (front and back of two pages of cards, so print pages 7 and 8 on both sides of one sheet, and 9 and 10 on both sides of the second).
A little housekeeping…
Firstly, I’m so sorry this is a wee bit late. I try to get the magazine up the day before the first of each month, but I underestimated our holiday busy-ness and then was under the weather this week. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mama to five kids who struggled for many years with chronic illness, it’s that we mothers tend to push ourselves too hard and put ourselves last. I am calling it a public service to set an example of taking a long bath with a seed catalog when you’re sick instead of pushing on until you’re sicker. The sky did not fall, even though I felt a few times as if it might. Please do me a favor and follow my example by taking it easy this week at least once and having absolutely no guilt about it (preferably in nature!). I’ll do my best to be on time next month!
Now, on to that maddening subscribe button… As most of you know, I’ve been fighting with subscribe widgets for a year trying to get one to work here. I think I may have finally found one that works. Check the sidebar to sign up, fingers crossed!
Lastly, some of you have generously asked if I could put a donate button on the site. I had not anticipated the extra hosting cost of how popular the magazine became when I committed to putting it out last year, and it ended up costing us between $25 and $50 a month above my web hosting cost because the magazine is a large file and so many people download it each month. I have upgraded to a higher cost plan that should prevent getting the big overuse charges. I’m okay with paying this to be able to put out the magazine ad-free. Some people have suggested charging for Wild Kids but I will not do that, as I believe very strongly that it should be available for everyone. As I’ve said before, this is my way of doing something good for the world and I consider it my charitable donation to the wonderful families around the world who can use it. I did find a button that lets people donate via Paypal or credit card, so I’ve put that on the sidebar as well. If you’d like to contribute, that would be quite welcome. If you can’t, that is absolutely fine. I still hope you and your kiddos can have fun with the magazine.
I generally provide links to learn more about the topics in this month’s issue, but that tends to take even longer and I’m not sure how much people are using the links. Let me know if that’s helpful or if the magazine is good enough as is. Since I’m so late this month, I’m just going ahead and publishing it without the extra work. 🙂
Have a wild, wonderful month!