This fall I picked up The Kids' Nature Book by Susan Milford at a book sale. This book has a nature related activity for every day of the year! I like what I've read of it so far, but like many other good things, this one is easy to push aside in the busyness of living.
For some motivation, each month I'm planning to list several projects that I hope to do with our children. With 365 ideas in this book, certainly I should find four or five a month that will fit our family. I know if I have a list, I may not do them all, but I am sure to accomplish more then if I have no plans at all.
Here are my monthly goals for the year -
- To take one walk around our property with something particular to observe.
- We have a wonderful park nearby that includes woods, meadows, and a creek and hope to visit this park at least monthly for a nature walk.
- One simple nature related craft project.
- One simple science experiment.
- Learn the name of one new bird, animal, plant or insect each month.
- Possibly add some books, recipes or games relating to nature study.
And if it does, it is going to take some real motivation to get me out of the house! You can't tell me that it is fun to bundle up a houseful of preschoolers for a nature walk at the temperatures we've seen the past week! Maybe our nature study will turn into watching the visitors to our bird feeder! Anyway, here is a few ideas for this month.
- Talk about ways animals keep warm in the winter.
- Catch snowflakes on a frozen sheet of dark paper and look at them with magnifying glass.
- Cut snowflakes from paper.
- Bring a cup of snow indoors and watch it melt .
- Draw a snow scene with chalk on black paper.
- Look for animal tracks in the snow and discuss where they may be going and what they are doing.
- Make snow cream.