Nature study can be done in lots of ways, and it doesn’t always have to be formal.
Five reasons to get outside:
- There’s always something new to see, even if you go to the same place every time.
- Any projects done outside mean less mess in your house.
- It’s impossible to stay cranky for very long outside.
- Everyone sleeps better after running around.
- You homeschool, so your kids have time to be kids outdoors. Every day. Take advantage!
Ten things to do outdoors:
- Teach your kids to play marbles in the dirt like we did (or maybe that was just the seventies crowd?).
- Blow bubbles, in every kind of weather. Watch them freeeze in winter, fly across the yard in spring, reflect leaf colours in the fall, and hover in the summer.
- Jump in puddles. You too, parents!You’ll dry.
- Pour sugar (A tbsp, not a cup!) on the patio. Watch the ants find it. See how they send a scout first, then a whole pile of workers carries the sugar to the nest.
- Sandbox volcanos.
- Chalk. Soak it in water for half an hour first and the colours are much more vivid. Colour the driveway, the trees, the bricks.
- Lie in the grass on a blanket and watch clouds on a windy day.
- Fly a kite. Even the simplest paper-and-straw kites will fly on a windy day.
- Climb a tree.
- Stop somewhere safe. Close your eyes (hold onto small people!). Smell and listen. Try it in different places as you stroll along….sidewalk, garden, park, woods, pond……..
What are you doing outside this spring?