Western Mountains and High Plains
Nature Crafts - 50 Terrific Things to Make with Nature's Materials, by Gwen Diehn & Terry Krautwurst (Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., 1997; $14.95), is just the book you need on hand when you're snowed in and need ideas to keep little hands busy. The 50 hands-on projects are all made with natural materials so you can touch, feel, smell, and see all kinds of things that nature offers throughout the year.
Favorite or New Plant
Wandering Jew (Tradescantia)
The wandering jew (Tradescantia) is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and very colorful in a semi-sunny window. In fact, if you want to grow it just in a glass of water, it will thrive. It's very simple to start from cuttings, too. Combinations of purple, violet, pink, white, or cream stripes make this a wonderful plant for adding color. It does best in well-drained soil when watered as the soil gets dry to the touch. Fertilize sparingly every three to four weeks with a diluted houseplant fertilizer. Look for the various selections of Tradescantia at your local garden center or florist. One of my favorites for intense color is Tradescantia pallida.