June 23, 2017
5 IDEAS TO GET YOU AND YOUR CHILD EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS
- Play in the rain puddles. Haven’t had any rain recently, get out the hose and create your own puddles to explore.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Find rocks, feathers, leaves that have a scent when crushed, flowers, pine cones, things that make noise, something the color red, insects, etc.
- Explore seeds. Go find some seed heads on weeds and open them up to look at them. How are the seeds dispersed? Does anything eat them?
- Toss a hula-hoop and spend time finding out all the things that are within that circle of the hoop. Give your child a magnifying lens and encourage them to find some of the small creatures overlooked by the naked eye.
- Make drawings of what you observe or collect. Imagine you are scientists and must make detailed depictions of what you discover in the outdoors.
These are just some very simple ideas to get your outdoor adventure off to a good start. Some other ideas are: read a story together outside under a shade tree, start an insect collection, make a collage out of the things you have collected, press leaves or flowers and use on cards as decoration, lay on your back and find the figures in the clouds above, make sand castles, and the list continues. The most important thing is for you, as a parent, to be there exploring with your child. Keep in mind the five senses when exploring so that all their senses are being used. What a great way to teach them to appreciate our natural world.