We have started up our nature walks again I think it is a great way to get the kids interested in being outside. In the winter we tend to stay inside, it is cold and not much is available to bring home besides snow.
Right now, our nature walks tend to be in our yard or down the street to my mom's house, but it is still fun. I think that the experience of the different bugs and insects help the kids to not be scared of said bugs.
Last year, Emma was incredibly afraid of worms. It was mildly entertaining for me, but I thought for sure she was traumatized; screaming whenever I picked one up. This year we have been doing a lot of digging in the gardens already, which of course means a lot of worms. Enter the addition of cute little baby chicks, and all of a sudden Emma has the intense desire to bring her babies a snack, and now welcomes the chance to dig up worms in our yard.
Another part of our walks is to choose a couple objects to investigate further when we get home. If it is a bug, I like to take a picture instead of bringing it home. When we get home, the kids draw what they saw. Eventually I would like to bring journals with us so the kids can draw while we are outside, but I am not sure that would work right now. Then I try to find out a bit of info on what we discovered so that the kids have a couple of fun facts to learn and then memorize. It is amazing what kids will learn if put in a hands-on situation like being outside.
Overall, it is a great activity for my active littles, while still calling it school! We plan to continue this throughout the summer and fall, although we may spend a lot of time picking bugs and weeds out of the garden, and learning why they are bad :-)
Do you take nature walks? Do you have a nature table? Is it part of your education plan for your children?
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