Take your child outside for a fun time exploring different beautiful parts of nature! These engaging print-and-go activities and ideas will help you explore with your children, record what you see, and learn along the way!
Set aside specific, intentional time to discover and investigate with your students - Make sure you dress appropriately (you might get dirty!)
This FREE resource includes:
•Give your child a magnifying glass and encourage them to look closely at the world around them
•Practice identifying the color of every item your child sees (i.e. this leaf is green (or even light green vs. dark green for older children)
•Practice counting the nature items you find (“How many pinecones can you count at the base of this tree?”)
•Have your child describe the things he sees using his five senses (“the top of this leaf looks pointy, the wood pecker is noisy, this rock is smooth, this flower smells beautiful, etc.”)
•Have a kid that doesn’t like to get his hands dirty or touch bugs? Let him wear a pair of kid-sized gardening gloves.
•Let your child keep a bug in a bug catcher – make sure to put lots of leaves, sticks, and grass in there to make him feel at home. After a day or two release the bug back into nature.
•Talk about the different habitats for animals in nature– woods, ponds, jungles, fields,
artic tundra, deserts, oceans, etc.
•Brainstorm how the nature area you’re exploring will look different depending on
the season. (no leaves in the fall, snow covering the ground in winter, baby animals
in spring, blooming flowers in summer, etc.)
•Collect rocks and paint them with fun colors and encouraging sayings. Leave them on a walking path or at a park for others to find!
Resource created by Jessica Lawler
Read more on my blog:Joy in the Journey