As the weather becomes nicer, you may be looking for something to do with your children outdoors. Nature walks can be nice, relaxing, and a fun way to spend the day together. In addition, it can also be a real learning experience. Children can explore the outdoors and discover nature up close.
You have a few choices of where to take your children for their nature walks. You can go to the park (neighborhood or state parks), the zoo, or even the comfort of your own yard. Wherever you can find nature, you can have a nature walk.
Children can see so much during a nature walk. This is a good thing for them because they can learn about nature and see amazing things up-close. A few of the neat parts of nature they will be able to get a good look at include the following:
Flowers, trees, and leaves.
There are many types of flowers, of all colors. Children will love seeing the different flowers. This is a good time for learning about colors and counting. They can identify the different colors of each flowers and even count the petals on each. There are different kinds of trees for them to look at. Some have leaves while others actually have tiny flowers on them (I love those). They can also see the different types of leaves, such as their shapes and colors.
Depending on where you go, you can see a few different animals on your nature walk. This includes different kind of birds, such as ducks, Robins, Owls, and Blue Jays. This is great if you would like to bird watch while going on your nature walk. Other animals includes squirrels, mice, bunnies, deer, of course this depends where you go. This gives children the chance to get a glimpse of different animals up close.
No matter where you go for your nature walk, you are bound to see insects through-out it. This can include lady bugs, beetles, ants, spiders, and butterflies. This can give children the chance to not only learn about the different kinds of insects, but to see what they look like and how they live.
What can you do besides just looking at everything when on a nature walk? There are a few things to go. Of course, you can take pictures (careful if it’s of an animal, as you do not want to upset them). Children can later make a scrapbook, collage, or just look back at the pictures whenever they would like. You can buy a nature book or check one out of the library. These nature books can contain pictures and information of the different parts of nature, helping to you identify what you are looking at. If you want, you can ask your children to write a short paragraph or story when they get home, sharing what they saw and how they felt. Of course, you should also discuss what you see. You can do this during and after the nature walk.
A nature walk is not just a great learning experience, but it is also a pleasant and relaxing one as well.