Getting out in nature is a wonderful way for kids to learn! Today I am sharing great ways you can get your kids learning while you spend time outdoors. Each of the photos below links to a post about kids learning through nature!
With Spring coming, why not make a nature study of new leaves emerging – we did this one year with our Japanese Maple Tree!
There is a lot for kids to see and do outside, and by handing them a camera you get to see their point of view while creating lots of conversation starters! I love seeing the world through my child’s perspective. The Educators’ Spin On It has great tips for taking a fun photo walk with your kids.
Nature can also be a great source of crafting inspiration! My kids enjoy gathering a box full of materials to create with at home.
Planet Smarty Pants wrote a great post about building with mud:
We don’t have icicles in California, but when we lived in Massachusetts, my kids loved using icicles as writing utensils:
In warmer weather, painting with water is an equally engaging – and low mess – activity for kids.
There is less nature in urban environments, but there are still plenty of opportunities for kids to explore and learn!
Nature is also a wonderful place for kids to experience quiet, and to learn to live in the moment. How do you spend time in nature with your children?