Nature is the best teacher and getting children outside (and away from the screen) is good for their mind and physical development. It’s crucial to teach the next generation about the environment so they can continue to take care of it. Here are 4 playful activities that focus on learning while having fun in the great outdoors!
Children are curious about the little critters crawling around. While at the park, stop near a tree and see if your child can spot any insects. Point to the bug and teach your child its name, like ladybug, butterfly, ant, fly, or even spider!
Did you hear that?:
When walking through a park or wooded area, the birds will be chirping. Play a game with your child and see if they can identify which bird is making noise. This is an excellent opportunity to teach them about the different species of birds we see in everyday life.
Collect falling leaves:
Take your child on a leaf hunt in autumn! They’ll be amazed at the different shades they find. Teach them about the seasons and what it means when the leaves begin falling.
Start a mini garden:
Nothing teaches your child the beauty of nature and sustainability quite like a garden! If you have space in your yard, plant flowers or garden seeds (or a tree if you’re feeling ambitious) with your little one. They’ll learn the importance of sunlight and water as they watch the seeds sprout. No space for a garden? You can buy flower & herb seeds & planters at our Etsy shop: www.printhousedesign.com