It’s spring and it’s time to get kids outside to enjoy the nice weather. There are countless ways to do this, but where to start? If you are new to taking kids outside, here are a few tips:
- Give your Activity a Purpose. Pick up trash, have a scavenger or insect hunt, look for different kinds of leaves or flowers, bird watch, etc. This gives the kids something to do.
- Set Boundaries. Be clear about what is okay and not okay to touch or pick. Have a “ask before picking” policy. If on a trail, make a “ teacher sandwich” with the kids in the middle. If the kids are free to move about in an area, set clear boundaries ahead of time. Tell the children in advance what you expect from them.
- Extend the Activity. When done with your adventure, have the kids make an art project like leaf collages or critters, pressed flowers, painted rocks, or draw something cool from the hike. Writers can make nature journals. Extending the outdoor experience helps kids make connections and retain what they learn.
- Start Small. Even 20-30 minutes outside can provide opportunities to learn and explore. Don’t be afraid to start small. The Nature Bracelet (below) is a great first activity. It’s fun and easy.
Nature Bracelet or Cuff : Tape a piece of masking or duct tape loosely around the child’s wrist, sticky side out. Have kids stick found objects on the tape to make a bracelet. Share the results after the walk. What are the different plants and grasses? What colors did you find? Add ankle bracelets if you want.
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