eight different things you can do
outside with your child right now!
The Magnifying Glass is a newish blog
started by my friends at Blue Yonder and
Vintage Chica and what a treat it is! You will
be instantly inspired to grab the kids and
spend some time with Mother Nature.
Be sure to check out the
Nature In My Pocket series (love!) and
The Magnifying Glass Flickr group.
Catch A Spider Web :: The Magnifying Glass
Have you checked out Imagine Childhood
yet? All of the items in their shop are
carefully chosen and each one encourages a
child to be the master of their own
experience, inviting them to explore, invent,
and imagine. Their blog is just as wondrous.
One of my favorites is their Nature Walk
series (take a look here, here, and here).
Readers from all over the world send in
pictures of their nature walks and I find it
absolutely fascinating - I think you will too!
They have a Nature Walk Flickr group
as well. As soon as I get my act together,
you'll be able to see pictures of
our walks here in Idaho :)
The Outdoor Hour Challenge has weekly nature study assignments that are based on the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. (I love this book! Tons of information - a classic!)
You'll find lots of great activities and
inspiration at In Heywood's Meadow.
Take a look at the Nature Collections! On her
other site, Camp Creek Blog, Lori shares
ideas to get you started keeping
a nature journal.
Try building a house with 25 items
you find outdoors! Another great challenge
from Think! You'll enjoy this one too :)
*The house pictured was created by
Journey Into Unschooling.
Oooh, you are going to love these ideas
for a couple of nature-inspired games at
Journey Into Unschooling!
Green Hour is a program of the National Wildlife Federation. They have a weekly newsletter with simple ideas and activities that you can do with your children outside for an hour everyday. Some of the recent topics are Backyard Picnic, Pigeons, Common Scents and Night Crawlers.
The 100 Species Challenge is a
great way to motivate the kids to
explore your local flora and fauna.
Get started with a notebook and a
couple of identification books for
your local area.
From the archives:
Wilding Sticks and Nature Bracelets
Andy Goldsworthy Nature Art Challenge
Simple Sun Prints
Mushroom Spore Prints
Make A Dandelion Daisy Chain
Build A Fairy House
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Nature Walk Faces
Nature Walk For Toddlers
Signs Of Spring
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!