It’s finally springtime, and the weather is great for playing outside! Sometimes, it can be difficult to come up with things to do that are both fun and educational. As a parent, you want to give your children the best of both worlds, so your little ones grow up to be well-rounded!
Fortunately, we have some great ideas for finding activities that combine education and excitement with nature.
Here are 5 ideas for outdoor activities that will teach your kids while they play:
- Collect and identify leaves
Head to the backyard to see how many different leaves you can find. Ask your child if they can guess which tree in your yard they came from and what they think the tree might be called. Then, with the leaves in hand, head inside to research the scientific and informal names of the correct trees. This is a great way to learn about nature!
- Organize a scavenger hunt
List a dozen or so items that your kids can find around your property. This can help them explore parts of the yard they might not have seen before and have some new experiences! Here are a few ideas for your list:
- A leaf bigger than your hand.
- A rock that isn’t round.
- A yellow flower.
- A pinecone.
- Look at bugs
Bugs are a very important part of our ecosystem – even though they may seem like creepy, crawly creatures! Check out some bugs in your yard and then head inside to research their names and what they do in nature.
Look up at the sky on a clear night and see how many constellations you can find! This is also a great time to teach your little one what stars are made of and how they float up in our skies.
If you don’t normally see many birds in your yard, consider hanging a birdfeeder! Your kids will have a great time seeing the different birds of all colors and learning their names.
IMAGINE EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILDCARE